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NFC: Free Fish Publication (fwd)
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Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 10:52:48 -0500 (EST)
From: Konrad Schmidt <flier at usest_net>
To: nfc at actwin_com
Subject: Free Fish Publication
A new publication entitled "Development of Index of Biotic Integrity Expectations for the Lake
Agassiz Plain Ecoregion" was recently released. It is the result of fish surveys conducted in the
Red River of North Basin in Minnesota and North Dakota during the mid-1990s. The Red flows
north into Canada's Lake Winnipeg which drains into Hudson's Bay. The survey results have
analyzed the data on several faucets of the fish communities present to assess habitat and water
quality. The faucets are also called metrics which when summed provide a numerical score of
how good or bad a stream station is and overall for the entire basin. Examples of metrics which
can be either negative or positive aspects of a fish community include: species diversity, intolerant
species, tolerant species, insectivores, and omnivores. Additional highlights of the report include
tables on fish distribution within the basin and the metrics provide easily understandable lessons in
basic aquatic ecology.
Copies of the report are free and can be requested from:
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Rd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
scott.niemela at pca_state.mn.us