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Biomonitoring Publications

  • Quality Assurance and Metadata
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  • Field Sampling Protocol
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  • Picking Benthic Macroinvertebrate Samples

  • Processing Your Collected Sample

  • Biomonitoring Videos

    The Biomonitoring Videos are currently being distributed by Video Project.

    Fresh Waters Flowing explores the relationship of salmon, people, and watershed habitat.
    Fresh Waters Flowing
    Salmon belong to a web of river and ocean life. When humans enter a watershed and alter the landscape, they alter the biology of that web. Fresh Waters Flowing explores the connection between humans and streams, revealing the links between human influences and the ability of a stream to support healthy biological communities. Fresh Waters Flowing demonstrates the importance of a stream's biological integrity, and shows how measuring biological integrity can be a powerful tool for maintaining and restoring the health of watersheds.


    Biological Monitoring Protocol shows how volunteers collect samples to evaluate the biological health of streams.
    Biological Monitoring Protocol
    Understanding the health of natural stream communities by means of biological monitoring is the first step in protecting and restoring watersheds and salmon runs. Based on the work of Dr. James Karr of the University of Washington, Biological Monitoring Protocol provides step-by-step instructions for collecting standardized samples of invertebrates, such as insects, in streams. These samples are used to develop an "index of biological integrity" to measure changes in stream health.

    General Publications

  • Aquatic Insect Stream Sampling Protocol - DRAFT

  • Aquatic Invertebrates: Sentinels of Watershed Condition
    Final Publication: Karr, J.R. 1996. Aquatic invertebrates: sentinels of watershed condition. Wings 19(2):???.
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  • Biological Monitoring: Essential Foundation for Ecological Risk Assessment - DRAFT
    Final Publication: Karr, J., and E. W. Chu. 1997. Biological monitoring: essential foundation for ecological risk assessment. Human and ecological risk assessment 3:993-1004.
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  • Defining and Measuring River Health - DRAFT
    Final Publication: Karr, J.R. 1999. Defining and measuring river health. Freshwater Biology 41:221-234.
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  • Effects of urbanization on the biological integity of Puget Sound lowland streams: Restoration with a biological focus. Thesis, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
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  • Measuring Biological Integrity - DRAFT
    Final Publication: Karr, J.R. 1997. Measuring biological integrity. In Principles of conservation biology, ed. G.K. Meffe and C.R. Carroll, 483-485. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer.

  • Oregon's Stream Macroinvertebrate Protocol: Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds - DRAFT
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  • Photo Plots: A guide to establishing points and taking photographs to monitor watershed management projects
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  • Rivers As Sentinels: Using the Biology of Rivers to Guide Landscape Management - DRAFT
    Final Publication: Karr, J.R. 1998. Rivers As Sentinels: Using the Biology of Rivers to Guide Landscape Management. In River Ecology and Management: Lessons from the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion, ed. R.J. Naiman and R.E. Bilby, 502-528. New York: Springer-Verlag.
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  • What is Biological Integrity? - DRAFT
    Excerpted with the author's permission from Diagnosis of stream environments with index of biological integrity for Japanese streams, E.M. Rossano. (Tokyo, Japan: Sankaido, 1996).

  • What Shall Our Rivers Become in Thirty Years? - DRAFT
    Final Publication: Karr, J.R. 1997. The future is now: biological monitoring to ensure healthy waters. In Streamkeepers: Aquatic insects as biomonitors, 31-36. Portland, OR: Xerces Society.
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