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Biological Assessment and Criteria
Tools for Water Resource Planning and Decision Making

ISBN 9780873718943
Published March 3, 1995 by CRC Press
432 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword, K. Dickson
Conceptual Framework for Biocriteria Development
Introduction, W. Davis and T. Simon
Clean Water is Not Enough, J. Karr
Biological Assessment and Criteria: Building on the Past, W. Davis
Defining Acceptable Condition, R.M. Hughes
Ecoregions: A Spatial Framework for Environmental Management, J. Omernik
Multimetric Approach for Establishing Biocriteria and Measuring Biological Condition, M. Barbour, S. Stribling, and J. Karr
Water Resource Planning and Decision-Making
Status of Biological Criteria Development and Implementation, M. Southerland and S. Stribling
Development and Application of Biological Impairment Criteria for Rivers and Streams in New York State, R.W. Bode, and M.A. Novak
Biological Criteria Program Development and Implementation in Ohio, C. Yoder and E. Rankin
Development 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. Mayes
Biocriteria: A Regulated Industry Perspective, R. Reash
Freshwater Benthic Macroinvertebrates and Rapid Assessment Procedures for Water Quality Monitoring in Developing and Newly Industrialized Countries, V. Resh
Methods Advancements and Technical Applications
Habitat Indices in Water Resource Quality Assessments, E. Rankin
Use of Periphyton in the Development of Biocriteria, B.H. Rosen
Development and Application of the Ohio EPA Invertebrate Community Index (ICI), J. DeShon
Fish Community Attributes for Evaluating Water Resource Integrity in Freshwater Ecosystems, T.P. Simon and J. Lyons
Biological Response Signatures and the Area of Degradation Value: New Tools for Interpreting Multimetric Data, C. Yoder and E. Rankin
The Role of Ecological Sample Surveys in the Implementation of Biocriteria, D. P. Larson
Policy and Perspectives
Monitoring Water Resource Quality Using Volunteers, J. Lathrop and A. Markowitz
Merging the Science of Biological Monitoring with Water Resource Management Policy: Criteria Development, D. Courtemanch
Policy Issues and Management Applications for Biological Criteria, C. Yoder
Filling the Gaps in Water Quality Standards: Legal Perspectives on Biocriteria, R. Adler

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Davis\, Wayne S.; Simon\, Thomas P.


"This unusually well-integrated, 24-author volume presents the case for use of biological properties of aquatic communities to manage streams and regulate their use for effluent dilution and other purposes... The quality of the papers is high, and they cover the topic thoroughly..."