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COMPARISONS OF BOATING AND WADING METHODS USED TO ASSESS THE STATUS OF FLOWING WATERS
Flotemersch, J E., B C. Autrey, AND S M. Cormier. COMPARISONS OF BOATING AND WADING METHODS USED TO ASSESS THE STATUS OF FLOWING WATERS. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-00/108 (NTIS PB2001-102899), 2001.
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 has been designed to provide an overview of the biological, physical and chemical methods of selected stream biomonitoring and assessment programs. It was written to satisfy the need to identifiy current methods that exist for sampling large rivers. The primary focus of this document is the boating methods used to assess flowing waters, but both boat-based and wading methods are included. The target audiences are individuals tasked: 1) to work with data generated from one or more of these programs; 2) to design or improve a bioassessment and monitoring program; 3) to conduct field work using methods (or based on methods) reviewed in this text; 4) to conduct field comparisons among these methods to determine the extent of their comparability and when each method is best employed.