Biological Assessment and Criteria: Tools for Water Resource Planning and Decision Making, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Biological Assessment and Criteria

Tools for Water Resource Planning and Decision Making, 1st Edition

Edited by Wayne S. Davis, Thomas P. Simon

CRC Press

432 pages

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Hardback: 9780873718943
pub: 1995-03-03

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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.


"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…"


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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply