Assessing the Sustainability and Biological Integrity of Water Resources Using Fish Communities: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Assessing the Sustainability and Biological Integrity of Water Resources Using Fish Communities

1st Edition

Edited by Thomas P. Simon

CRC Press

672 pages

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This book examines the application of fish community characteristics to evaluate the sustainability and biological integrity of freshwaters. Topics include perspectives on use of fish communities as environmental indicators in program development, collaboration, and partnership forming; influence of specific taxa on assessment of the IBI; regional applications for areas where the IBI had not previously been developed; and specific applications of the IBI developed for coldwater streams, inland lakes, Great Lakes, reservoirs, and tailwaters.


"…book serves an important need both for users and nonusers as a statement of present successes and problems with the IBI…comprehensive appendices categorize most of the freshwater fish species in North America by criteria applicable to IBI, such as functional or trophic group membership.

--William J. Matthews, Copeia, 2001, No. 1

"If you have an interest in using an existing IBI or developing a new one, this book is required reading."

--Frank J. Rahel, American Fisheries Society

Table of Contents

Foreword, W. S. Davis


Introduction: Biological Integrity and Use of Ecological Health Concepts for Application to Water Resource Characterization, T.P. Simon

Using Fish Assemblages in a State Biological Assessment and Criteria Program: Essential Concepts and Considerations, C.O. Yoder and M.A. Smith

Collaboration, Compromise, and Conflict: How to Form Partnerships in Environmental Assessment and Monitoring, T.P. Simon, R.M. Goldstein, P.A. Bailey, E. Pearson, M. Ell, K. Schmidt, J. Emblom, and L. Schlueter

Historical Biogeography, Ecology, and Fish Distributions: Conceptual Issues for Establishing IBI Criteria, R.M. Strange

Applications of IBI Concepts and Metrics to Waters Outside the United States, R.M. Hughes and T. Oberdorff

Guild and Metrics Determination

Assessment of Balon's Reproductive Guilds with Application to Midwest North American Freshwater Fishes, T.P. Simon

Towards a United Definition of Guild Structure of North American Freshwater Fishes, R.M. Goldstein and T.P. Simon

Influence of the Family Catostomidae on Metrics Developed for a Great Rivers Index of Biotic Integrity, E.B. Emery and T.P. Simon

The Use of External Deformities, Erosion, Lesion, and Tumors (DELT Anomalies) in Fish Assemblages for Characterizing Aquatic Resources: A Case Study of Seven Ohio Streams, R.E. Sanders, R.J. Miltner, C.O. Yoder, and E.T. Rankin

Regional Applications of IBI

Effects of Drainage Basin Size and Anthropogenic Disturbance on Relations between Stream Size and IBI Metrics in Virginia, R. Smogor and P. Angermeier

Characteristics of Fish Assemblages and Environmental Conditions in Streams of the Upper Snake River Basin, Idaho and Western Wyoming, T.R. Maret

Classification of Freshwater Fishes of the Northeastern United States for Uses in the Development of Indices of Biological Integrity, with Regional Applications, D.B. Halliwell, R. Langdon, R.A. Daniels, J. Kurtenbach, and R. Jacobsen

Development of an Index of Biotic Integrity for the Species Depauperate Red River of North, Minnesota and North Dakota, S. Niemela, E. Pearson, T.P. Simon, R. M. Goldstein, and P.A. Bailey

Applications of Indices of Biotic Integrity to California Streams and Watersheds, P.B. Moyle and M.P. Marchetti

Application to Freshwater Resource Types Other than Wadable Warmwater Streams

Development and Application of an Index of Biotic Integrity for Coldwater Streams of the Upper Midwestern United States, N.P. Mundahl and T.P. Simon

Biological Monitoring and an IBI for Lake Erie's Nearshore Waters, R. Thoma

Consideration for Characterizing Large River Habitats, R. Reash

Applying and Index of Biotic Integrity Based on Great River Fish Communities: Considerations in Sampling and Interpretation, T.P. Simon and R.E. Sanders

Tailwater IBI Development for the Tennessee River, E. Scott

Reservoir Fishery Assessment Index Development: A Tool for Assessing Ecological Health in Tennessee Valley Authority Impoundments, T.A. McDonough and G.D. Hickman

Toward the Development of an Index of Biotic Integrity for Inland Lakes in Wisconsin, M.J. Jennings, J. Lyons, E.E. Emmons, G.R. Hatzenbeler, M. Bozek, T.D. Simonson, T.D. Beard, Jr., and D. Fago

Considerations for Lakes in the Northeastern United States, T.R. Whittier

Data Validation

Relations Between Fish Metrics and Measures of Anthropogenic Disturbance in Three IBI Regions in Virginia, R. Smogor and P. Angermeier

Scoring Modifications for Ensuring Meaningful Results, E.T. Rankin and C.O. Yoder

Methods for Deriving Maximum Species Richness Lines and Other Threshold Relationships in Biological Field Data, E.T. Rankin and C.O. Yoder

A Subecoregional Scale Watershed Assessment: Integrating Fish Community Assessments with Macroinvertebrate Assemblage and Physical Habitat Data, Pennsylvania, B.D. Snyder, J.B. Stribling, M.T. Barbour, and C. L. Missimer

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology