This chapter provides an introduction and overview of the use of aquatic ecosystems as indicators of water quality. The monitoring of biological communities (fish, algae, and invertebrates) as a means of assessing water quality conditions is emphasized along with ecotoxicological studies and measures of ecosystem function. Issues related to the design, implementation, and analysis of monitoring programs are reviewed and discussed with the objective of continually improving water quality conditions through adaptive management.
|Title||Aquatic ecosystems as indicators of status and trends in water quality|
|Authors||Thomas F. Cuffney, Jonathan Kennen, Ian R. Waite|
|Publication Type||Book Chapter|
|Publication Subtype||Book Chapter|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||New Jersey Water Science Center; Oregon Water Science Center; South Atlantic Water Science Center|