Before conducting a monitoring session, be sure to collect all of the tools you will need.
General tools you need for a monitoring session include: pencils, pens, clipboards, data collection forms, and a camera. Be sure to have all participants dressed accordingly to the weather and stream environment: old clothes and shoes should be worn. Hip boots may also be used.
Physical monitoring requires it's own set of tools. Which tools are needed depends upon which factors are going to be measured. A good list of items for a physical data collection includes: tape measure (50 to 100 ft depending on the stream), meter stick, floating ball, and stopwatch.
Chemical monitoring tools are the test kits or meters for your chosen indicators. These can be obtained from the companies listed in the resource page. Be sure that the person(s) responsible for the chemical testing understand the equipment, and can use and interpret it correctly.
Biological monitoring tools are also determined by which kinds of collection methods will be used. Most collection methods (not including leaf packs) require: D-frame nets, basins, sample bags, gloves (optional for rock washing), and bug cards if onsite identification is going to be done.
For macro invertebrate collection: Be sure that the guidelines are followed for collecting this organisms. There are special fishing licenses available for monitoring groups. Be sure to obtain one that best suits your needs.
For information on obtaining and an application for a special monitoring license please view or download this pdf file from the PA Fish and Boat Commission.