Fresh Waters Flowing: Biological Monitoring Protocol
Fresh Waters Flowing: Biological Monitoring Protocol
Fresh Waters Flowing: Biological Monitoring Protocol
Item#: FRE-918-D
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Running Time: 37 minutes
G 9-Adult
Two Parts - 20 Min & 17 Min
Produced by Alan Honick


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"A terrific introduction to stream ecology. This film leaves the viewer with a clear understanding of the interrelationship between underwater insects, fish, and people."
-Tom Murdoch, Director, Adopt-A-Stream Foundation




This is a two part video that explores the interrelationship of people and a fresh water ecosystem, and provides guidance for local stream monitoring projects.

Fresh Waters Flowing, Part One, explores the connection between humans and rivers, specifically the links between human influence and the ability of a river to support healthy living communities. Fresh Waters Flowing shows how important biological integrity is for rivers and demonstrates how measuring biological condition with the index of biological integrity (IBI) can be a powerful tool for maintaining and restoring the health of watersheds.

Biological Monitoring Protocol, Part Two, introduces the index of biological integrity (IBI) as the best yardstick for measuring the health of rivers and streams. Measuring pollutants, such as temperature, phosphorus, or toxic chemicals, may tell you if a river is clean, but only a direct biological yardstick like IBI will tell you if a river is healthy and can, for example, support wild salmon.

IBI has now been adopted to monitor rivers on all continents except Antarctica. This program also outlines the actual equipment and techniques needed to collect data as an index of biological integrity.

Featuring James Karr of the University of Washington and Charley Dewberry of Pacific Rivers Council, this two-video series introduces important science concepts and is appropriate for courses in natural science, environmental science, biology,and water quality at the high school and university levels.