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Preparation of Manuals and Guidance Documents for Wetland Bioassessment in Michigan

Several States in the Great Lakes region and elsewhere have  developed procedures for rapid assessment of wetlands in response to  the U.S. EPA National Wetland Program?s priority for establishment  of such procedures. Great Lakes states that have developed programs  for wetland rapid assessment  include Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania,  and Wisconsin.  Many States have also worked to develop indices of  biotic integrity (IBIs) based on plants, macroinvertebrates and  amphibians. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)  has been active in developing indices of biotic integrity (IBIs) for  Michigan wetlands since 1998.  Development of bioassessment  procedures for coastal wetlands based on macroinvertebrates and fish  have been completed and published in peer reviewed scientific  journals. Progress in developing IBIs for inland forested wetlands  is ongoing.  Before these bioassessment procedures can be used  routinely by agency personnel, they need to be collected and  summarized in field manuals.  The primary objective of this project  is to write the needed manuals and summary guidance documents,  publish them through the Michigan State University Extension  Bulletin Office, or a similar type of organization that specializes  in outreach publications, and provide copies to MDEQ for routine use  and distribution.

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Thomas BurtonPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 10 projects
Don UzarskiResearcher
Associated with 12 projects
Matthew CooperResearcher
Associated with 11 projects
Agencies

Funding 12 projects for a total of $720,629.00
Scope of Study
Field and Modeling
Literature / Existing Data
Scale of Phenomena
Community
Ecosystem
Organism
Physical/Chemical
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
Pollution from Non-Point Sources
General
Annex

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