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  • An Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) for Perennial Streams in California’s Central Valley

    An Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) for Perennial Streams in California’s Central Valley

    California State Water Resources Control Board | December 1, 2008...
    Summary

    Bioassessment is the science of using aquatic organisms as indicators of ecological condition in streams in rivers. Many types of organisms can be...

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  • Assessing the Health of Southern California Streams

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    Assessing the Health of Southern California Streams

    California State Water Resources Control Board | April 14, 2011...
    Summary

    There are over 4,200 miles of perennial streams in the coastal watersheds of Southern California. Effective protection and management of these resources require...

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  • Assessment of the condition of Southern California depressional wetlands

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    Assessment of the condition of Southern California depressional wetlands

    California State Water Resources Control Board | April 18, 2016...
    Summary

    Application of Macroinvertebrate, Diatom and Overall Condition Indices for Assessing Southern California Depressional Wetlands Depressional wetlands are the most abundant, yet most threatened...

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  • Benthic Invertebrate and Deposited Sediment TMDL Guidance for the Pajaro River Watershed

    Benthic Invertebrate and Deposited Sediment TMDL Guidance for the Pajaro River Watershed

    California State Water Resources Control Board | March 1, 2016...
    Summary

    The Pajaro River and its tributaries are exposed to sediments from a variety of sources. To establish limits for regulating this pollutant, it...

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  • Bioaccumulation of Pollutants in California Waters: A Review of Historic Data and Assessment of Impacts on Fishing and Aquatic Life

    Bioaccumulation of Pollutants in California Waters: A Review of Historic Data and Assessment of Impacts on Fishing and Aquatic Life

    California State Water Resources Control Board, San Francisco Estuary Institute | October 24, 2007...
    Summary

    This report was written for the State Water Resources Control Board’s Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) as a step toward the development...

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  • Biological Condition of Non-Perennial Streams and Spring-Fed Oases in the Colorado River Basin Region

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    Biological Condition of Non-Perennial Streams and Spring-Fed Oases in the Colorado River Basin Region

    California State Water Resources Control Board | August 22, 2014...
    Summary

    The Colorado River Basin Regional Water Board conducted bioassessment sampling at high-quality (i.e., “reference”) streams in their region during 2013-2015. The purpose of...

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  • Biology-based Stressor Thresholds

    Biology-based Stressor Thresholds

    California State Water Resources Control Board | October 1, 2011...
    Summary

    The objective of this memo is to describe how biological assessment data (such as those collected using Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP)...

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  • Condition of California Perennial, Wadeable Streams Based on Algal Indicators

    Condition of California Perennial, Wadeable Streams Based on Algal Indicators

    Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board | October 1, 2013...
    Summary

    Algae can serve as indicators of stream ecological condition in two ways. Information about algal community composition can be used for bioassessment analogous...

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  • Ecological Condition Assessments of California’s Perennial Wadeable Streams (2000 through 2006)

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    Ecological Condition Assessments of California’s Perennial Wadeable Streams (2000 through 2006)

    California State Water Resources Control Board | October 15, 2007...
    Summary

    The struggle to adequately monitor the condition of waterbodies with limited financial resources is a challenge faced by water resource agencies worldwide. For...

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  • Ecological Condition Assessments of California’s Perennial Wadeable Streams: Highlights from the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program’s Perennial Streams Assessment (PSA ) (2000-2007)

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    Ecological Condition Assessments of California’s Perennial Wadeable Streams: Highlights from the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program’s Perennial Streams Assessment (PSA ) (2000-2007)

    California State Water Resources Control Board | October 1, 2011...
    Summary

    Since 2000, California has conducted three successive probability surveys of its perennial streams and rivers, each with a focus on biological endpoints. These...

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