Here Bob Meadows gets the net ready while doing a recent level 3 stream monitoring at Jones Run, a small seasonal waterway in the Sleepy Creek watershed. Bob was joined by Susan Jones, Norm Dean, Stan Oaks, and Jeff Iliff. It was a nice, sunny spring day, and we were all excited to get to our first monitoring of the season. The chemical analysis came up optimal with good to excellent numbers across the board. The run is only 2 ft. wide and 2 inches deep, so it was difficult to get much water flow to go through the specimen net. This may have been a factor in the suboptimal rating derived from the Benthic Invertebrates count. The main reason for that rating was the lack of diversity of organisms found. We found 38 organisms in the low tolerance category, but there were only two different organisms making up that number. There were 43 organisms represented by 5 species in the medium tolerance category, and 2 species adding up to 6 in the high tolerance category. Two salamanders were found, and they are a good sign for stream health. We also saw two large wood turtles where the run meets up with the larger Mountain Run.