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Announcing 2013 CRAM Training Sessions

Mar 5, 2013

State Water Resources Control Board, February 20, 2013

The California Rapid Assessment Method for wetlands and riparian areas (CRAM) training sessions for 2013 have been scheduled for locations across the state, and registration is now open.

Announcing 2013 CRAM Training Sessions

The California Rapid Assessment Method for wetlands and riparian areas (CRAM) training sessions for 2013 have been scheduled for locations across the state, and registration is now open. Training sessions will provide the skills necessary to consistently conduct accurate wetland assessments, and will provide guidance on the use of CRAM for ambient and project assessment and monitoring. Visit the CRAM website for additional details and registration:


  • March 20-22 | Costa Mesa, CA | 3-day Riverine Training
  • April 17-19 | San Diego, CA | 3-day Vernal Pools Training
  • May 13-17 | Eureka, CA | 5-day General CRAM Training
  • June 3-7 | Moss Landing, CA | 5-day General CRAM Training
  • June 10-14 | Richmond, CA | 5-day General CRAM Training
  • June 13-14 | Moss Landing, CA | 2-day Depressional Training
  • June 17-18 | Moss Landing, CA | 2-day Estuarine Training
  • August 12-16 | Moss Landing, CA | 5-day General CRAM Training
  • September 9-13 | Sacramento, CA | 5-day General CRAM Training

The 2013 College of Bioassessment series of classes is now available.  

Don’t delay in registering as these classes are relatively small and will be opened up to other agencies next week.


Instructor:  The Principle Instructor for each course offered through the College of Bioassessment is Jim Harrington, a Staff Environmental Scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Jim has been working in the field of freshwater bioassessment for more than 30 years. In 1996, Jim developed field and laboratory curriculum for professionals, environmental educators and watershed groups, teaching them the principles of bioassessment and how biological indicators can be used in California water quality monitoring and enforcement.  Although Jim will be the principle instructor for the College of Bioassessment, there will be various professionals in the field of bioassessment who will be stepping in to help with some courses or as guest lectures.


Course 1: Concept of Bioassessment and Program Implementation This 2-day classroom course is an introduction to bioassessment and will cover all aspects of bioassessment including stream ecology, water quality regulation, data collection and processing, stream condition indicators and how to implement bioassessment in water resources programs. 


2/26-27 San Diego CLASS FULL

3/13-14 Sacramento

6/4/13 – Costa Mesa

6/25-26 - Arcata


To register for any of the available course 1 offerings -


Course 2:  SWAMP Bioassessment Field Procedures  This 2-day field course covers 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. 


3/19-3/20 San Diego

4/16-4/17 – San Luis Obispo

5/1-5/2 – Sacramento


To register for Course 2  -


Course 3:  Aquatic Invertebrate Laboratory Procedures and Biological Metrics  This 2-day laboratory course covers all aspects of freshwater invertebrate taxonomy and biological metric calculations.  The participants will identify invertebrates to the family level from two different sites and produce the data for examining site condition. This course will be held in a mobile laboratory facility with state-of-art microscopes and video projection.  The course will be limited to 12 participants.


9/16-9/17 Sacramento

10/1-10/2 – Sacramento

11/6-11/7 – San Diego


To register for Course 3 -


Course 4 Bioassessment Data Analysis and Interpretation  This 2-day classroom course covers approaches sampling design and data analysis from ambient and point-source assessments.  Biological, chemical and physical data will be discussed through presentations and hands on data entry/retrieval form the CEDEN database.  Attendance at all three other courses is a requirement to participate in this course.


10/16-10/17 Moss Landing

12/4-12/5 Sacramento


To register for Course 4 -


Please see the attached flyer with course agendas and additional information.


Questions concerning the class may be addressed to Jim Harrington, phone: 916-358-2862 or e-mail at


Questions concerning registration may be addressed to Jami Ferguson, phone 916-322-3235 or e-mail


Academy Cancellation Policy:  Registration for an Academy event is a commitment to attend.  If for any reason you cannot attend, you must cancel your registration soon as possible, and at least five days prior to the class.  Staff who do not show up when registered for a class and/or who repeatedly cancel their registration less than five days from the date of the class may be barred from registering for future classes, and will be subject to “bumping” from classes depending on demand.


Water Board Travel Restricted:  Travel for this class is currently restricted.  This means your supervisor must determine if this class is necessary for your current job and approve your attendance in order for you to be reimbursed for travel costs associated with attending this class.



These announcements were forwarded by:


Erick Burres                                                                        

Citizen Monitoring Coordinator

SWCRB- Clean Water Team


320 West 4th Street, Suite 200

Los Angeles, CA 90013


213-576-6788 O

213-712-6862 C

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