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Biological Assessment and Criteria presents a state-of-the-art overview of the applications of biological assessments and biocriteria for water quality management in fresh waters. The book presents case studies which illustrate how bioassessment has been used to identify and diagnose water quality problems. It also provides examples of the use of qualitative and quantitative biocriteria as regulatory tools to complement water quality criteria and standards. The first book to present the technical foundation, rationale, program and policy relevance, and legal basis for the most accurate tools used to assess freshwater natural resource and regulatory efforts, this book provides useful and timely information for water quality managers.
Foreword, K. DicksonConceptual Framework for Biocriteria DevelopmentIntroduction, W. Davis and T. SimonClean Water is Not Enough, J. KarrBiological Assessment and Criteria: Building on the Past, W. DavisDefining Acceptable Condition, R.M. HughesEcoregions: A Spatial Framework for Environmental Management, J. OmernikMultimetric Approach for Establishing Biocriteria and Measuring Biological Condition, M. Barbour, S. Stribling, and J. KarrWater Resource Planning and Decision-MakingStatus of Biological Criteria Development and Implementation, M. Southerland and S. StriblingDevelopment and Application of Biological Impairment Criteria for Rivers and Streams in New York State, R.W. Bode, and M.A. NovakBiological Criteria Program Development and Implementation in Ohio, C. Yoder and E. RankinDevelopment of Regionally-Based Biological Criteria in Texas, C.E. Hornig, C.W. Bayer, S.R. Twidwell, J.R. Davis, R.J. Kleinsasser, G.W. Linam, and K.B. MayesBiocriteria: A Regulated Industry Perspective, R. ReashFreshwater Benthic Macroinvertebrates and Rapid Assessment Procedures for Water Quality Monitoring in Developing and Newly Industrialized Countries, V. ReshMethods Advancements and Technical ApplicationsHabitat Indices in Water Resource Quality Assessments, E. RankinUse of Periphyton in the Development of Biocriteria, B.H. RosenDevelopment and Application of the Ohio EPA Invertebrate Community Index (ICI), J. DeShonFish Community Attributes for Evaluating Water Resource Integrity in Freshwater Ecosystems, T.P. Simon and J. LyonsBiological Response Signatures and the Area of Degradation Value: New Tools for Interpreting Multimetric Data, C. Yoder and E. RankinThe Role of Ecological Sample Surveys in the Implementation of Biocriteria, D. P. LarsonPolicy and PerspectivesMonitoring Water Resource Quality Using Volunteers, J. Lathrop and A. MarkowitzMerging the Science of Biological Monitoring with Water Resource Management Policy: Criteria Development, D. CourtemanchPolicy Issues and Management Applications for Biological Criteria, C. YoderFilling the Gaps in Water Quality Standards: Legal Perspectives on Biocriteria, R. Adler