Methods for evaluating wetland condition

Methods for evaluating wetland condition
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United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water Washington, DC 20460 EPA 822-R-02-014 March 2002 Methods for evaluating wetland condition #1 Introduction to Wetland Biological Assessment
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United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water Washington, DC 20460 EPA 822-R-02-014 March 2002 Methods for evaluating wetland condition #1 Introduction to Wetland Biological Assessment Principal Contributor Maine Department of Environmental Protection Thomas J. Danielson Prepared jointly by: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Health and Ecological Criteria Division (Office of Science and Technology) and Wetlands Division (Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds)
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ii Notice The material in this document has been subjected to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) technical review and has been approved for publication as an EPA document. The information contained herein is offered to the reader as a review of the “state of the science” concerning wetland bioassessment and nutrient enrichment and is not intended to be prescriptive guidance or firm advice. Mention of trade names, products or services does not convey, and should not be interpreted as conveying official EPA approval, endorsement, or recommendation. Appropriate Citation U.S. EPA. 2002. Methods for Evaluating Wetland Condition: Introduction to Wetland Biologi- cal Assessment. Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. EPA-822-R-02-014. Acknowledgments EPA acknowledges the contributions of the following people in the writing of this module: Candy Bartoldus (Environmental Concern, Inc.), Robert Brooks (Penn State University), Thomas J. Danielson (Maine Department of Environmental Protection), Jeanne Difranco (Maine Department of Environmen- tal Protection), Mark Gernes (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency), Judy Helgen (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency), James Karr (University of Washington), Ken Kettenring (New Hampshire Depart- ment of Environmental Services), Richard Lillie (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources), and Billy Teels (Natural Resources Conservation Service, Wetland Science Institute). This entire document can be downloaded from the following U.S. EPA websites: http://www.epa.gov/ost/standards http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/bawwg
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iii Contents Foreword . ............................................................................................................. v List of “Methods for Evaluating Wetland Condition” Modules. .......................................................................................... vi Summary . ................................................................................................................ 1 Purpose. ................................................................................................................. 1 Introduction . ....................................................................................................... 2 Evaluating Wetland Health . ........................................................................... 4
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