Developing biological indicators for the assessment of environmental flows

Robyn Watts, Darren Ryder

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Recent reviews of the principles underlying the management of large rivers stress the need for a better understanding of the relationships between elements of the flow regime and ecological processes. The use and selection of biological indicators to determine the effectiveness of river management is currently the focus of much interest. The assessment of the ecological benefits of environmental flows in Australia is still in its infancy. Issues that need to be considered when developing a monitoring program for assessing how effective environmental flow releases are highlighted by conducting experimental trials and field validation of biological indicators.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-122
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Journal of Water Resources
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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