College of Bioassessment Training Available

This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board.

The following Bioassessment Courses are now available for registration. 

See flyer here.

Note:  The April 19-21, Course 1-2 in Sacramento/Rancho Cordova is already full and has a waiting list.  Please try to register for another Course 1-2 class either in Redding or Costa Mesa. If you are unable to attend elsewhere, then register to get on the waiting list for the Sacramento/Rancho Cordova class.

Waterboard Staff:  Self-register using the academy online registration system.

Non-waterboard staff, please send email to:  with your contact information,  the date and location of the classes you would like to attend. e.g., Name, Course 3 and 4,  Aug.23-25, Costa Mesa.  You will receive an email to notify you if you are registered or placed on a waiting list.

Course 1 and 2 Combined – Concept of Bioassessment and SWAMP Field Procedures (3 day class)

Course Description:  This 3-day field course covers concepts of bioassessment and all aspects of the SWAMP bioassessment protocol from collecting freshwater invertebrate and algae samples to measuring the physical habitat of wadeable streams.  The participants will practice various procedures at the stream site following detailed demonstrations by the instructor.

April 5, 6 and 7, 2016                                           Costa Mesa

April 19, 20 and 21, 2016                                   Sacramento/Rancho Cordova

June 21, 22 and 23, 2016                                    Redding/Anderson

Course 3 and 4 Combined – Aquatic Invertebrate Laboratory Procedures and Data Analysis (3 day class)

Course Description:  The first two days of this 3-day laboratory/classroom course cover freshwater invertebrate taxonomy and biological metric calculations.  The participants will identify invertebrates to the family level from six different sites and produce the data for examining site condition. The last day of this course covers sampling design and data analysis of both ambient and point-source assessments.  Excel spreadsheets of taxa lists, biotic metrics and physical habitat elements will be examined by the students to answer a series of questions on data interpretation, quality and variability at actual SWAMP sites.  SWAMP templates and data entry/retrieval from the CEDEN database will be presented.

August 23, 24 and 25, 2016                               Costa Mesa

September 13, 14 and 15, 2016                       Sacramento/Rancho Cordova

September 27, 28 and 29, 2016                       Redding/Anderson 

The course flyer is attached with additional details including agenda.  These courses should be taken in order.

If you have any questions about the registration process, email for assistance.