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LINKING WATERSHED MANAGEMENT WITH STREAM ECOSYSTEM PROCESSES
NIETCH, C. T. LINKING WATERSHED MANAGEMENT WITH STREAM ECOSYSTEM PROCESSES. EM: AIR AND WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION'S MAGAZINE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGERS. Air & Waste Management Association, Pittsburgh, PA, (January):37, (2008).
To inform the public.
Reducing the loading of ’stressors‚ (pollutants) from watershed lands to streams and lakes is the concern of a broad range of environmental stakeholders—including local and state governments, utilities, farm collectives, construction firms—and even homeowners. Their adoption of EPA Best Management Practices (BMPs) for controlling both urban and rural sources of waterborne pollutants is helping to reduce contaminants at the watershed level. However, attempts to measure the effectiveness of specific watershed BMPs on stream ecology have been unsuccessful because they lacked a systematic framework for linking pollution reductions to in-stream biological conditions. NRMRL water researchers are attempting to close that data gap with the operation of an Experimental Stream Facility (ESF) and watershed level monitoring program to test, apply and calibrate results. The goal is to amass sound scientific evidence of how well management practices meet a desired biotic endpoint.
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