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Criteria Development Guidance: Rivers and Streams

The Nutrient Criteria Technical Guidance Manual: Rivers and Streams is one in a series of waterbody-specific documents that support the National Nutrient Strategy. The intent of this document is to provide States and Tribes with methods to assess waterbody nutrient impairment and develop ecoregion-specific nutrient criteria. The Rivers and Streams document provides background information on classifying rivers and streams, selecting criteria variables, designing monitoring programs, building a database analyzing nutrient and algal data, deriving regional criteria, and implementing management practices.

  • Federal Register Notice (July 27, 2000)
  • Document: Nutrient Criteria Technical Guidance Manual: Rivers and Streams
    • Chapter 1: Introduction
    • Chapter 2: Stream System Classification
    • Chapter 3: Select Variables
    • Chapter 4: Sampling Design for New Monitoring Programs
    • Chapter 5: Building a Database of Nutrients and Algae-Related Water Quality Information
    • Chapter 6: Analyze Data
    • Chapter 7: Nutrient and Algal Criteria Development
    • Chapter 8: Management Programs
    • Chapter 9: Monitoring and Reassessment of Nutrient Criteria Ranges
    • References
    • Appendices