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|OLS Field Name||OLS Field Data|
|Main Title||Methods for evaluating wetland condition #9, Developing an invertebrate index of biological integrity for wetlands /|
|Author||Helgen, Judith Cairncross. ; Helgen, Judy.|
|CORP Author||Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Water.|
|Publisher||U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water,|
|Subjects||Wetlands--United States. ; Aquatic invertebrates--Environmental aspects--United States.|
|Additional Subjects||Wetlands ; Invertebrates ; Biological integrity ; Nutrients ; Sediments ; Methods ; Biological assessments ; Bioassessments ; Vegetation ; Evaluation ; Aquatic invertebrates ; Conditions|
The invertebrate module gives guidance for developing an aquatic invertebrate Index of Biological Integrity (IBI) for assessing the condition of wetlands. In the module, details on each phase of developing the IBI are given. First, in the planning stage, invertebrate attributes are selected, the wetland study sites are chosen, and decisions are made about which stratum of the wetland to sample and what is the optimal sampling period or periods. Then, field sampling methods are chosen. The module describes field methods used in several States, and gives recommendations. Laboratory sampling procedures are reviewed and discussed, such as whether and how to subsample, and what taxonomic level to choose for identifications of the invertebrates. Specific categories of attributes, such as taxa richness, tolerance, feeding function, and individual health are discussed, with examples. Appendices to the invertebrate module give details about the advantages and disadvantages of using invertebrates, of the different attributes, of various field sampling methods, and of lab processing procedures as used by several State and Federal agencies. The module and appendices give a detailed example of one State's process for developing an invertebrate IBI, with a table of metrics with scoring ranges, and a table of scores of individual metrics for 27 wetlands. A glossary of terms is provided.
"March 2002." Includes bibliographical references. "EPA-822-R-02-019." "Prepared jointly by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Health and Ecological Criteria Division (Office of Science and Technology) and Wetlands Division (Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds)." Microfiche.