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COURSE INFO PROVIDER: Midwest Biodiversity Institute
COURSE TITLE: Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH)

INSTRUCTORS Mick Micacchion
Marty Knapp

COURSE DESCRIPTION Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) training covers the protocols developed by Ohio EPA to assess the quality of small, primary headwater streams that are not amenable to evaluation under the biological and habitat assessments for larger streams and rivers. Generally PHWH methods apply to streams that drain less than one square mile of watershed area and which do not show up on most USGS 1:24000 scale topographic maps. These evaluations can be used to properly classify the actual and expected biological conditions in primary headwater habitat streams. In such small streams the indicators of quality shift to a different set of habitat features and specifically developed macroinvertebrate, salamander and headwater fish indices that serve as measures of stream health. The training combines one day of classroom training thoroughly explaining the science behind the development of the protocols, and a second day of hands-on field training learning the protocols and collecting and entering the data needed to make accurate assessments. Those that attend the training will leave the course with a strong understanding of the PHWH assessment methods and will receive a certificate documenting successful completion of the course.

Credit Points: 2.1

SYLLABUS/TOPICAL OUTLINE A PHWH course agenda is attached.
View or download the outline here: MBIHO12-020_SecV_5688.docx

Mick Micacchion
4673 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard, OH 43026
P: 614-403-2085
F: 614-457-6005


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