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Conclusions: Watersheds with low indices of biotic integrity (IBI) have been heavily developed. The biggest factors contributing to low IBIs were the presence of large dams, introduced fish, and road density. Dams at low to middle elevations had the greatest effect on IBI. Thresholds/Learnings: Dams at low to middle elevations had the greatest effect on IBI. Synopsis: Researchers developed a watershed index of biotic integrity to evaluate the biological health of 100 watersheds in the Sierra Nevada of California. In general, watersheds with low indices of biotic integrity (IBI) have been heavily developed by hydraulic mining, agriculture, and hydroelectric dams. The biggest factors contributing to low IBIs were...
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Conclusions: Report describes the development of a multi-metric, fish-based Index of Biological Integrity (IBI) to assess the health of aquatic ecosystems on the Battle River, Alberta. The IBI was highly sensitive to cumulative anthropogenic disturbance. Impaired integrity of fish assemblages was detectable at road densities as low as 0.7km/km2 Thresholds/Learnings: Impaired integrity of fish assemblages was detectable at road densities as low as 0.7km/km2. Synopsis: Report describes the development of a multi-metric, fish-based Index of Biological Integrity (IBI) to assess the health of aquatic ecosystems on the Battle River, Alberta. The IBI was highly sensitive to cumulative anthropogenic disturbance. Impaired...
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Conclusions: Results offer support for the use of land cover as an indicator of biotic integrity estimated by both vegetation and bird communities. Strong, significant predictions of IBI scores in plant and bird communities were achieved using land cover data from every spatial extent. Plant-based IBI scores were best predicted using data from 100 m buffers and bird-based IBI scores were best predicted using data extracted from 500 m buffers. Road density and measures of the proportion of disturbed land were consistent predictors of IBI score, suggesting their universal importance to plant and bird communities. Thresholds/Learnings: Road effects on bird communities were most pronounced at the 500m spatial extent....


    map background search result map search result map A fish-based index of biological integrity for assessing river condition in Central Alberta Evaluating the biotic integrity of watersheds in the Sierra Nevada, California. The accuracy of land cover-based wetland assessments is influenced by landscape extent. Draft Indicators: Freshwater aquatics - Index of Biotic Integrity The accuracy of land cover-based wetland assessments is influenced by landscape extent. A fish-based index of biological integrity for assessing river condition in Central Alberta Evaluating the biotic integrity of watersheds in the Sierra Nevada, California. Draft Indicators: Freshwater aquatics - Index of Biotic Integrity