(1) Designing and Implementing a Program to Evaluate New England's Lakes and Ponds: Currently, there is not a statistically-valid design in place to perform a comprehensive and unbiased assessment of New England lakes and ponds.
This study is addressing that need in order to meet 305b reporting requirements and provide information on status and trends of these ecosystems.
(2) Validation and Sensitivity Analysis for Rapid Wetland Assessment using Comprehensive Wetland Assessment Data: This project is addressing the need for methods to assess and report on the ecological condition of wetlands in the State of Delaware.
(3) A Biological Assessment of the Large Rivers of the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River Basins in Region 5: There is currently no statistically valid method to assess large rivers.
This study is developing calibrated biological assessment tools and designing a systematic and standardized approach for the assessment of these large river systems.
(4) Developing rigorous assessments for large Pacific Northwest rivers.
The purpose of this project is to document the feasibility, logistics, and costs to states of using EMAP indicators and designs to assess the ecological condition, major stressors, and likely human disturbances of entire main-stem rivers in the Pacific Northwest in Region 10.
(5) Development of Benthic Indicators for Nearshore Coastal Waters of New Jersey.
This study is Developing of an indicator of ecosystem health for the benthic community in the estuarine and nearshore waters of New Jersey in Region 2.
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