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April 2001 Biocriteria Workshop on Stream Reference Conditions and Landscape-scale Bioassessment

  • Date Held: 3-4 April 2001
  • Location: Apollo Auditorium, Nichols hall, West Campus, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Attendance:The conference was attended by 54 people from 9 different states.


The objective of this meeting was to bring together water quality experts from various agencies in EPA Region 7 and surrounding areas for these purposes:

  1. To review Region 7 biocriteria workgroup progress on Reference Conditions
  2. To learn about Reference Conditions methods and projects from outside Region 7
  3. To share information about different approaches in the application of GIS, remote sensing, and computer modeling to Reference Conditions research


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Name Affiliation File Presentation Title
Timothy Haithcoat U Missouri
Geog. Rsrc. Center
  Compiling Watershed Scale Measures for Characterizing Physical Contextual Information for Use in Reference Stream Selection and Coarse Filtering
Charlie Howell US EPA Region 6, Texas 700K (ppt)  Correspondence Between Aquatic Ecoregions and the Distribution of Fish Assemblages of Eastern Oklahoma
Supplementary files for Howell's talk
Donald Huggins CPCB 12 MB Reference Site Selection Criteria, USEPA Region 7 Biocriteria Workgroup
Kevin Kane Iowa State Univ
GIS Support & Rsrch Facility
14 MB Iowa Rivers Information System - Inventory, Modeling, and Evaluation of Basin, In-Stream Habitat, and Fishery Resources Relationships
Philip Kaufmann USEPA Office of Rsrch & Dev.
Corvallis, Oregon.
3 MB Multi-Scale and Multi-Dimensional Controls on Stream Biota and Physical Habitat
Ed Martinko KS Applied Remote Sensing Prog, KU
Lawrence, Kansas
19 MB EPA Region VII R-EMAP Project: Landscape Analysis and Characterization to Support Regional Analysis (LACRA)
Anne Rogers Texas Natural Resource Cnsrvtn. Commission 33 MB The Habitat Quality Index and its Use in Bioassessment in Texas
Scott Sowa MO Resource Assmt Partnership
Columbia, Missouri
14 MB Using an Aquatic Ecological Classification System to Stratify Riverine Ecosystems into Distinct Units to Improve Biomonitoring
John Vande Castle Long-Term Ecol Rsrch Program
Albuquerque, NM
12 MB Use of Historical Reconnaissance Data in Long-Term Ecological Research: The Global Fiducial Library
Lizhu Wang WI Department of Natural Resources
Monona, WI
700 k Habitat Measurement and its Use in Bioassessment in Wisconsin
Ed Wiley KU Nat. History Mus. & Biodiversity Research Center
Lawrence, Kansas
5 MB Predictive Biogeography: Putting Natural History Collections to Work in the 21st Century
Chris Yoder Ohio EPA
Groveport, Ohio
13 MB Establishing Reference Condition for the Development of Numerical Biological Criteria in Ohio
Supplemental presentations (not given at the workshop):
    5 MB Using Biological Criteria to Assess Impacts to Receiving Waters in Urban and Suburban Ohio Watersheds

Other Workshop Resources


As evidenced by the talks presented at this meeting, the range of new tools and methods available for bioassessment is growing, our understanding of traditional habitat metrics continues to improve, and integration of landscape data with field data is becoming a reality.

Participants at this workshop discussed the possibility of opening up at least one future workshop to a broader audience, in order to offer stakeholders a perspective on the science of bioassessment.

Conference participants (or stakeholders) with suggestions or comments should contact Debbie Baker, dbaker@ku.edu, (785)864-1551. Agency and academic researchers are also reminded to please send copies of their habitat assessment methods handbooks, sample data sheets, and related research articles to CPCB for inclusion in the Methods Database.

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