Biological Assessment & Criteria presents a state-of-the-art overview of the applications of biological assessments & biocriteria for water quality management in fresh waters. The book presents case studies which illustrate how bioassessment has been used to identify & diagnose water quality problems. It also provides examples of the use of qualitative & quantitative biocriteria as regulatory tools to complement water quality criteria & standards. Thus the book provides useful & timely information for water quality managers. Biological Assessment & Criteria is the first book to present the technical foundation, rationale, program & policy relevance, & legal basis for the most accurate tools used to assess freshwater natural resource & regulatory efforts.
"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..." -SETAC News