WAVE Sampling Season Begins Today

It’s that time of year! If you are interested in sampling in the Oatka Watershed, and want some advice on locations, contact Pete.

(update: If you haven’t already had WAVE training, please see info supplied in comments)

From our friend Alene Onion at New York State DEC:


The WAVE Sampling Season Begins Today


The WAVE sampling season begins today and runs through September 30th. Here are a few reminders for the sampling season:

1. It is no longer required but I encourage you to submit sampling locations to me using this online tool:http://www.hrecos.org/WAVE.Data/WAVE.html
I can often determine a site cannot be sampled using satellite images. This saves you time and frustration wasted on an inappropriate location.
2. When you sample, please include all the participants at the site on your data sheet (including children). These numbers help me track the progress of the project;
3. After you sample, you have until November 1st to submit your sample vials and data sheets. The simplest way to do so is to mail them to my office according to the USPS instructions given at the bottom of this notice.
4. Finally, please photograph/video your sampling events and share these with me! I have many uses for these materials. For example, I’ll be posting to the NYSDEC Facebook page to highlight the wonderful work you do.
Thank you for participating in the 2016 WAVE season!!!

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Alene Onion
WAVE Coordinator
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3502
email: wave@dec.ny.gov


Use the following USPS instructions to mail completed WAVE samples to my office:

Alene Onion
NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation
Division of Water, 4th Floor
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3502

Packaging Instructions 3A in Appendix C of PUB 52

Separate packaging requirements apply depending on the flashpoint of the flammable liquid.

For flashpoint greater than 20º F (–7º C) but not more than 73º F (23º C): Primary Receptacle
• A metal primary receptacle must not exceed 1 quart.
• A nonmetal primary receptacle must not exceed 1 pint.
• The primary receptacle must have a screw cap (with minimum of one–and–one–half turns), soldering clips, or other means of secure closure (friction tops are not acceptable).
• Only one primary receptacle is permitted per mailpiece.
Cushioning Material and Secondary Packaging
• Enough cushioning material must surround the primary receptacle to prevent breakage and absorb any potential leakage.
• The cushioning and primary receptacle must be packed in securely sealed secondary packaging.
Outer Packaging
• Strong outer packaging that is capable of firmly and securely holding the primary receptacle, cushioning material, and secondary packaging is required.
• Each mailpiece must be clearly marked on the address side with “Surface Only” or “Surface Mail Only” and “Consumer Commodity ORM–D.”
• Optionally, each mailpiece may bear an approved DOT limited quantity square-on-point marking, designating surface transportation, prepared under 3b, instead of an ORM-D marking.
• A complete return address and delivery address must be used.

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  • Maureen Leupold  On July 2, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Hello folks,

    Our training will take place Saturday July 9 on the property of the Genesee Country Village & Museum near Mumford in the Town of Wheatland. We will meet at the Nature Center (see attached map) at 8:30 AM – I will give an overview of the WAVE Program and then we will proceed to Oatka Creek, which flows through the property. We will probably spend a couple of hours at the creek working through the habitat and user perception assessments and then collecting benthic macroinvertebrate samples. We will bring our collections back to the Nature Center and separate out the different types of organisms we collected – this will also probably take another couple of hours. We will be sorting through the collections on picnic tables under canopy tents. I expect we should be done between 1:30 and 2:00, so you should bring a lunch with you. I’ll have a cooler with some ice that we can use to kept the lunches cool.

    Please download the documents that are in the DropBox folder that I sent you the link for in a previous e-mail (which I have attached for your reference). We will be using the full Habitat Assessment form, the WAVE Instruction Manual, User Perception Form, Macroinvertebrate Data Form and the Macroinvertebrate Identification document. If you have trouble downloading these color documents, let me know and I’ll bring copies with me.

    In addition to a lunch, you should bring boots (muck boots that are up to knee or hip boots, waders won’t be necessary); insect repellant, sun screen, drinking water, and long pants (there may be stinging nettles, poison ivy and thorny shrubs like multiflora rose).

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    I am looking forward to meeting you. Have a great 4th of July Weekend!


  • Joe DeFrancisco  On August 6, 2016 at 12:48 pm


    I am a Le Royan now look living in Georgia. As an avid fly fisherman, living along the banks of the Oatka, I was always so proud of the “bugs” in our stream. We have a program here called Adopt A Stream that a assume is similar to that in NY.

    I would be very interested in seeing the results as I am always bragging about our little stream. The mountains we live in are made of granite with no limestone making our water too soft for good bug life.

    Thank you for any information you can share and keep the Oatka healthy!

    Regards, Joe.

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