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Primary Headwater Habitat Assessment

Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) training covers the protocols developed by Ohio EPA to assess the quality of small, primary headwater streams. Due to their size, these streams are not suitable to be assessed using the biological and habitat assessments for larger streams and rivers. Generally, this applies to small streams that drain less than one square mile of watershed area and which do not show on most USGS 1:24000 scale topographic maps. In such small streams, the indicators of quality shift to specifically developed physical habitat, amphibian, macroinvertebrate, and fish indicators that serve as measures of stream health. The principal methods used to assess primary headwater streams include the Headwater Habitat Evaluation Index (HHEI) for physical habitat, the Headwater Macroinvertebrate Field Evaluation Index (HMFEI) for invertebrates, an assessment of the presence of aquatic salamanders, and an evaluation of the headwater fish community. MBI’s training covers all these topics, follows the Ohio EPA PHWH methods, and equips trainees with the ability to confidently use these protocols in the field.



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QHEI

MBI offers training courses for people from a variety of backgrounds and all levels of experience. Our courses cover established methods and techniques, and presents them in a manner that is easily understood and applied in the field. Click on a topic or course below to learn more or to register for courses, or contact us for more information.


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Wetland Courses

The Midwest Biodiversity Institute offers a wide range of wetland training courses aimed at providing environmental professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to perform wetland evaluation and bioassessments, as well as plan, construct and manage successful wetland restorations. All of our wetland courses are certified through the Society of Wetland Scientists.

Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM) for Wetlands No Courses Scheduled

Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM) for Wetlands

ORAM is used in Ohio's wetland permitting program to categorize wetlands for permit reviews but is primarily an excellent rapid assessment tool for determining wetland ecological condition.

Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity (VIBI) No Courses Scheduled

Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity (VIBI)

Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity (VIBI) and National Wetland Condition Assessment Vegetation Monitoring Protocols training to prepare attendees for their field wetland assessment work.

Identification of Common Wetland Plants No Courses Scheduled

Identification of Common Wetland Plants

Knowledge of common wetland plants is a basic requirement of many of the duties involved in the wetland profession and associated fields.

Amphibian Index of Biotic Integrity (AmphIBI) No Courses Scheduled

Amphibian Index of Biotic Integrity (AmphIBI)

The AmphIBI is a bioassessment method that uses amphibians as indicators of wetland ecological condition.

Wetland Restoration No Courses Scheduled

Wetland Restoration

Wetlands are restored for a number of reasons. Often wetlands are reestablished voluntarily in an effort to reclaim important ecosystem services and floral and faunal biodiversity. Another common reason wetlands are restored is as compensation for wetland losses authorized by dredge and fill permits.

Wetland Delineation No Courses Scheduled

Wetland Delineation

Wetland Delineation is a process that requires an adequate knowledge of the hydrologic, soil and plant characteristics of wetlands to determine which parts of the landscape are wetlands and how to define their boundaries.

Introduction to Wetlands No Courses Scheduled

Introduction to Wetlands

Aimed at those who want to learn to identify wetlands but do not have the need to collect the large amounts of specific data necessary to establish and support the exact wetland boundaries needed in wetland permitting processes.


Primary Headwater Habitat Assessment
Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) Training

Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) training covers the protocols developed by Ohio EPA to assess the quality of small, primary headwater streams. Due to their size these streams are not suitable to be assessed using the biological and habitat assessments for larger streams and rivers.

Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) Training No Courses Scheduled

Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) Training

The Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) course trains individuals in the use of a set of methods designed to assess the ecological condition of smaller streams.


Ohio Credible Data Program Training
Ohio Credible Data Program Training

MBI offers classes for those seeking to become Qualified Data Collectors (QDCs) under the Ohio Credible Data Program.

Habitat Assessment Using the QHEI No Courses Scheduled

Habitat Assessment Using the QHEI

The Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index (QHEI) was developed at Ohio EPA in the 1980's as a habitat assessment to accompany the bioassessments conducted in stream and rivers throughout Ohio.

Level 3 Bioassessment: Fish No Courses Scheduled

Level 3 Bioassessment: Fish

Fish are widely used by federal, state, and local governments as a key biological assemblage to monitor river and stream health. MBI offers instructional training in the concepts, methods, and applications of fish assemblage data to environmental monitoring and assessment.

Level 2 Bioassessment: Macroinvertebrates No Courses Scheduled

Level 2 Bioassessment: Macroinvertebrates

Three-day course of classroom and field instruction prepares a trainee to complete field and laboratory testing required to obtain Level 2 QDC status.

Level 3 Macroinvertebrate Sample Collection and Data Analysis Only No Courses Scheduled

Level 3 Macroinvertebrate Sample Collection and Data Analysis Only

Four-day course of classroom and field instruction prepares a trainee to complete field and laboratory testing required to obtain Level 3 QDC status for macroinvertebrate collection and data analysis only.

Level 3 Macroinvertebrate Sample Collection, Identification, and Data Analysis No Courses Scheduled

Level 3 Macroinvertebrate Sample Collection, Identification, and Data Analysis

Five-day course of classroom and field instruction prepares a trainee to complete field and laboratory testing required to obtain Level 3 QDC status for macroinvertebrate sampling and identification.

Water Quality Sampling No Courses Scheduled

Water Quality Sampling

The collection of water samples is an important component of the monitoring of rivers, streams, and lakes. MBI offers training in the collection and handling of water samples and taking field measurements of physical parameters such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and pH using field meters.

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