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Warden Bioassessment Training

THE USE OF BIOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL/HABITAT ASSESSMENT IN POLLUTION ENFORCEMENT CASES

Biological and physical habitat assessment techniques are an important tools that every warden, biologist and investigator of environmental crimes should be familiar. These techniques can help when contaminant sampling and analysis are not available or when resource damage measurements are needed to help support a pollution case.

The Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory (ABL) has developed a tool which will help document deleterious affects by directly measuring the aquatic community. The procedures called the California Stream Bioassessment Procedures (CSBP) will be discussed and demonstrated in this one day workshop. The workshop will cover:

- introduction to biological and physical assessments

- laws pertaining to biological and physical assessments

- when to use biological and physical assessment

- integrating biological assessments with chemical analysis

- how to collect bioassessment samples

- how to measure physical integrity

- how to submit samples to the ABL

Jim Harrington, Staff Environmental Scientist
916.358.2862 James.Harrington@wildlife.ca.gov