||Estuarine and coastal marine waters : bioassessment and biocriteria technical guidance /
Bowman, M. L. ;
Gerritsen, J. ;
Gibson, G. R. ;
Snyder, B. D.
||Tetra Tech, Inc., Owings Mills, MD.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Water.
|| United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water,
Water quality biological assessment. ;
Ecological risk assessment. ;
Environmental surveys ;
Marine biology ;
Ocean environments ;
Coastal regions ;
Water quality monitoring ;
Water columns ;
Case studies ;
Clean Water Act
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||302 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
This technical guidance document is based on the concept that bioassessment and biocriteria programs for estuaries and near coastal waters are interrelated and critical components of comprehensive water resource protection and management. Understanding how estuarine ecosystems function and respond to human activity requires a holistic approach to protection and management that integrate biological assessments into the more traditional chemical and physical evaluations. In water resource monitoring and protection, biological criteria are an important addition to the traditional physical and chemical criteria used by EPA. The relative biological integrity, or quality, of the resource can be assessed by comparing the health and diversity of its biological communities to the health and diversity of biological communities in waters with the same physical characteristics but which are relatively unimpacted by human development.
"EPA 822-B-00-024." "December 2000." Microfiche.