Bioassessment Programs and Measured Endpoints in the United States – TB 1086

The bioassessment of aquatic communities (e.g., fish, benthic macroinvertebrates, periphyton) plays an integral role in determining whether waterbodies are supporting designated aquatic life uses, and bioassessment data may be used to develop or evaluate the attainment of narrative or numeric biocriteria, which may be adopted in water quality standards.