Abstract Title

Session S-05C: Using Stream Bugs to Manage and Restore Watersheds

Keywords

Freshwater

Start Date

1-5-2014 10:30 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 12:00 PM

Description

Stream bioassessment protocols in the Puget Sound region have been developed and applied by numerous local, tribal, and state jurisdictions since the early 1990s. Numerous (>20) cities, counties, tribes and state agencies in the Puget Sound basin use a multi-metric benthic macroinvertebrate index (Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity, B-IBI) to report stream health. However, a variety of factors such as different sampling and analysis methods made it difficult to compare and evaluate these data on a regional scale. The primary goals of this project are to evaluate differences in sampling methods and to enhance data analysis and data management tools to enable monitoring, reporting and collaboration across watershed and jurisdictional boundaries. Data from more than 3,400 site visits at 950 sites were used to evaluate, recalibrate, and enhance the B-IBI. Side by side samples were collected and analyzed to evaluate differences in sampling protocols. Sensitivity of taxa attributes was improved using empirical data and best available science. The B-IBI was rescored and recalibrated to reflect regional data and updated taxa attributes. A standardized measure of stream condition is critical for regional prioritization for restoration and protection, provides a tool to measure the effectiveness of management actions, and provides a science-based performance measure for streams. Enhancements to the B-IBI and associated data management tools will also strengthen the application of the B-IBI as a Puget Sound Partnership “Vital Signs” indicator of freshwater quality. An overview of this effort will be presented.

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May 1st, 10:30 AM May 1st, 12:00 PM

Freshwater Bioassessment tools for the Puget Sound Basin: Enhancing a science-based performance measure of stream condition

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Stream bioassessment protocols in the Puget Sound region have been developed and applied by numerous local, tribal, and state jurisdictions since the early 1990s. Numerous (>20) cities, counties, tribes and state agencies in the Puget Sound basin use a multi-metric benthic macroinvertebrate index (Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity, B-IBI) to report stream health. However, a variety of factors such as different sampling and analysis methods made it difficult to compare and evaluate these data on a regional scale. The primary goals of this project are to evaluate differences in sampling methods and to enhance data analysis and data management tools to enable monitoring, reporting and collaboration across watershed and jurisdictional boundaries. Data from more than 3,400 site visits at 950 sites were used to evaluate, recalibrate, and enhance the B-IBI. Side by side samples were collected and analyzed to evaluate differences in sampling protocols. Sensitivity of taxa attributes was improved using empirical data and best available science. The B-IBI was rescored and recalibrated to reflect regional data and updated taxa attributes. A standardized measure of stream condition is critical for regional prioritization for restoration and protection, provides a tool to measure the effectiveness of management actions, and provides a science-based performance measure for streams. Enhancements to the B-IBI and associated data management tools will also strengthen the application of the B-IBI as a Puget Sound Partnership “Vital Signs” indicator of freshwater quality. An overview of this effort will be presented.