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A test of the variability and usefulness of SOLEC indicators in wetlands of Lakes Huron and Michigan

Development of indicators of "ecosystem health" for Great Lakes   coastal wetlands was recognized as a major need at the State-of-the-  Lakes Ecosystem Conferences (SOLEC) held in Buffalo, New York in   1998 and Hamilton, Ontario in 2   . Indicators listed by the   wetlands indicators task force at these conferences included indices   of biotic integrity (IBI) based on macroinvertebrates, fish and   plants. We previously developed and published a macroinvertebrate   based bioassessment procedure for fringing coastal wetlands of Lake   Huron. The objectives of this study were to test and develop biotic   indicators of wetland ecological health that could be employed in a   monitoring program by federal, state and local agencies to detect   effects of anthropogenic disturbance on the biotic integrity of   Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Several indicators based on fish,   macroinvertebrates, and plants were recommended for use in Great   Lakes coastal wetlands at the 2    SOLEC. Our objective was to   fully develop these and other indicators of ecosystem health for   coastal wetlands. A second objective was to evaluate the usefulness   of plant, invertebrate and fish metrics in a monitoring program   based cost, measurability, basin-wide applicability, availability of   complementary existing research or data, indicator sensitivity to   wetland condition changes, ability to set endpoint or attainment   levels, and statistical approach. Twenty Lake Huron and Michigan   wetlands were selected for study of flora and fauna indicators   following procedures developed and/or agreed upon by the Project   Management Team of The Great Lakes Wetlands Consortium. 

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Thomas BurtonPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 10 projects
Don UzarskiPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 12 projects
Rick RediskeResearcher
Associated with 7 projects
Matthew CooperResearcher
Associated with 11 projects
Dennis AlbertResearcher
Associated with 4 projects
Agencies

Funding 1 projects for a total of $93,000.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Community
Ecosystem
Landscape
Organism
Physical/Chemical
Impact of Pollutants
Nutrients, Including Phosphorus
Processes
Natural Ecological Processes
Land Use and Habitat
Wetlands
Resource Management
Fisheries
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Huron
Lake Michigan
State Province
Michigan
Annex Numbers
Control of Phosphorus
Pollution from Non-Point Sources
Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
Research & Development
Surveillance and Monitoring
General
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Control of Phosphorus
    Pollution from Non-Point Sources
    Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
    Research & Development
    Surveillance and Monitoring
  • Annex 17

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