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CONCEPTS AND APPROACHES FOR THE BIOASSESSMENT OF NON-WADEABLE STREAMS AND RIVERS
FLOTEMERSCH, J. E., J. B. STRIBLING, AND M. J. PAUL. CONCEPTS AND APPROACHES FOR THE BIOASSESSMENT OF NON-WADEABLE STREAMS AND RIVERS. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-06/127 (NTIS PB2007-100970), 2006.
The goal of this research is to develop methods and indicators that are useful for evaluating the condition of aquatic communities, for assessing the restoration of aquatic communities in response to mitigation and best management practices, and for determining the exposure of aquatic communities to different classes of stressors (i.e., pesticides, sedimentation, habitat alteration).
This document is intended to assist users in establishing or refining protocols, including the specific methods related to field sampling, laboratory sample processing, taxonomy, data entry, management and analysis, and final assessment and reporting. It also reviews and provides information on development of monitoring designs to address certain types of environmental questions and approaches for documenting and reporting data quality and performance characteristics for large river biological monitoring. The approaches presented are not intended to replace existing program components but may in some cases be useful for refining them.