2008-2009 RESHWATER BIOASSESSMENT
The standardization of ecological assessments for use in California
water quality management began with the development of the California
Stream Bioassessment Procedure (CSBP) in 1993. Since then, the procedure
has been calibrated with U.S. EPA procedures used throughout the west
and has become the standard for the State Water Resources Control Board's
Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP). These workshops have
been offered throughout California by Jim Harrington* using the instruction
manual entitled "Measuring the Health of California Streams and
Rivers" (Harrington & Born, 2000) and the latest bioassessment
protocols approved by SWAMP.
Workshops are available for groups and special sessions can be scheduled as soon as we have sufficient students to custom-tailor a class. Contact SLSI (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to be put on a list..
*Part 1: This workshop begins with one day of classroom presentations and discussion on Designing Rapid and Fully Integrated Freshwater Ecological Assessments. The next two days are conducted in the field with demonstrations of Physical/Habitat Assessments for Water Quality Projects and Sampling Biotic Communities in California Rivers and Streams. This workshop will provide the participant with an understanding of bioassessment design and prepare them for implementing SWAMP compatible bioassessment protocols. See agenda
** Part 2: This workshop will provide the participants with an understanding of the laboratory procedures used in bioassessment and how the information can be in water resource management. Using the samples collected in Part 1, each participant will work on teams to perform Family-Level Taxonomic Identification of Freshwater Invertebrates. Throughout the laboratory exercise, there will be examples on how to Insure Data Quality and then based on this "real data" set, each participant will Calculate and Interpret Biological Metrics. Finally, there will be presentations and a discussion of Current Topics on the Use of Freshwater Ecological Assessments in Water Quality Regulation.
These two workshop parts are designed to be independent of each other. However, it is recommended to take both parts in the same year and if possible, in sequence. There will be a separate certificate of completion for each workshop.
Instructor: Jim Harrington - DFG Staff Environmental Scientist
Day 1 - Designing Freshwater Ecological Assessments - Rapid and
Fully Integrated Approach
Day 2 - Physical/Habitat Assessments for Water Quality Projects
- New Techniques Required by the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program
Day 3 - Sampling Biotic Communities in California Rivers and Streams
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