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RECORD NUMBER: 544 OF 2743
|OLS Field Name||OLS Field Data|
|Main Title||Defining Biological Status by Comparing with Reference Conditions (Chapter 4).|
|Author||Hughes, R. M. ;|
|CORP Author||Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR. ;ManTech Environmental Technology, Inc., Corvallis, OR. Environmental Research Lab.|
|Additional Subjects||Biological effects ; Water quality ; Criteria ; Water pollution abatement ; Environmental monitoring ; Site surveys ; Standards ; Aquatic ecosystems ; Regional analysis ; Baseline measurements ; Environmental protection ; Environmental impact assessments ; Reprints ; Reference condition ; Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program|
The goal of EPA's biocriteria and Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program for Surface Waters (EMAP-SW) programs to embrace similar empirical standards and comparative processes for determining reference conditions would encourage the United States to evolve a more environmentally protective, defensible, and consistent monitoring and regulatory network. The goals of this chapter are to (1) explain the purpose and objectives of determining a reference condition for populations of aquatic ecosystems, (2) examine six approaches for determining a reference condition, (3) describe the process for selecting regional reference sites, and (4) propose a way to determine acceptable quantitative scores from reference condition data.