Environmental Biomonitoring, Sampling, and Testing & Water Economics
Part IV. Free Response/Essays – provide a response for each question below. {30 points} Provide enough information to show your mastery of each topic.
1. Explain the two principles that form the basis of using a biotic index to assess stream condition.
2. Identify four specific purposes of water quality monitoring.
3. Identify four factors (or dimensions) of water that will influence a user’s willingness to pay. How do these relate specifically to water economics?
Assignment Materials to use:
Spellman (2014) Chapter 8 Environmental Biomonitoring, Sampling, and Testing
?Volunteer Lake Monitoring (Canfield et al., 2002)
?US Environmental Protection Agency – Monitoring and Assessing Streams
?Stroud Water Research Center web resource – Water Quality Sampling Basics
?Sampling Demonstration videos
?Water sampling demo part 1
. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/0avTfGUyHBM from Princton Hydro
?Water sampling demo part 2
. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/K4KL32KpHZ0 from Princton Hydro
?Spellman (2014) Chapter 9 Water Economics
Additional Resources:
In addition to the required course text the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources. Note web site addresses are subject to change.
U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – www.noaa.gov/
USDA Water Quality Information Center – http://wqic.nal.usda.gov/
USGS Water Resources of the United States – http://www.usgs.gov/water/
U.S. EPA Water Science topics – http://www2.epa.gov/science-and-technology/water-science

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