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Assessing Water Quality with Ecological Characterization

Patricia D'Arconte
US Geological Survey

Biological Community Characterization

Fish Collection

Invertebrate Collection

Algae Collection

Habitat Characterization

Large-scale physical conditions

Small-scale physical conditions

Disturbance indicators

Chemistry indicators

Habitat indicators

Trophic indicators

Applications

Examples

NAWQA ecological assessments
preliminary data subject to revision

Bayou Lacassine physical characteristics

Animals in Bayou Lacassine

Mermentau River physical characteristics

Animals in Mermentau River

Bayou des Cannes physical characteristics

Animals in Bayou des Cannes

Bayou Grosse Tete physical characteristics

Animals in Bayou Grosse Tete

Whiskey Chitto Creek physical characteristics

Animals in Whiskey Chitto Creek

Tchefuncte River physical characteristics

Animals in Tchefuncte River

Dawson Creek physical characteristics

Animals in Dawson Creek

Bayou Boeuf physical characteristics

Animals in Bayou Boeuf

Summary



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