Learn! Free Webinar on the Power of Biocriteria

Author: Merritt Frey

You have until Noon pacific today -- March 20 -- to register for this free webinar on bioassessment and biocriteria with a nationally-recognized, expert instructor!

Biocriteria In the Real World: Intermediate Level

Presenter: Susan Davies, (retired) Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Date: Wednesday, March 21
Time: Noon (est) | 11am (cst) | 10am (mst) | 9am (pst)
RSVP: Webinar is free, but RSVP is required

Summary: This will be an intermediate webinar, suitable for river lovers who have a basic grasp of the Clean Water Act’s water quality standards program. If you need to brush up on standards, take the standards lesson in our Online Clean Water Act course or watch our recorded Water Quality Standards 101 webinar.

This webinar will provide an understanding of bioassessement, biocritiera, and the possible power of those tools in protecting and restoring your watershed. Bioassessement is an evaluation of the biological condition of a waterbody using biological surveys and other direct measurements of macroinvertebrates, fish, etc.. Bioassessements both support development of biocriteria and decisions regarding the attainment of biocriteria. Biocriteria are either narrative or numeric expressions that describe the reference biological integrity (structure and function) of various aquatic communities. The reference conditions become the “goal” or criteria for other similar waterbodies, and are used for Clean Water Act regulatory purposes.

What will you learn in Biocriteria in the Real World?

  • The basics of bioassessement and biocritiera – and how they can be used to protect your rivers.
  • Where to find information on your own state's bioassessement and biocritiera programs, and how to navigate within them.
  • Real world examples of how strong biocritiera programs have made a difference for rivers, lakes and wetlands – applying the theory of biocritiera in the real world.

RSVP by Noon pacific on March 20th to save your place!

There will be a lot to learn

There will be a lot to learn here and I hope that the people who attend this webinar will take the necessary steps to learn in advance what they need to so that they can get the most out of it.

A Clean Water Act webinar will teach people some tips to remember but there is still a lot more that people should educate themselves on.

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