Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory (ABL)
The Chico Aquatic Bioassessment Lab (ABL) is part of a statewide initiative using abundance and distribution of aquatic macro-invertebrates as a bio-indicator of water quality in aquatic systems. The ABL provides extensive expertise in freshwater invertebrate taxonomy; data collection including targeted riffle and multiple habitat sampling of macroinvertebrates, fish and algae as well as associated physical habitat and chemical monitoring; and research focused on developing IBI’s for different regions in California, developing objective reference condition selection methods, and establishing quantitative tolerance values. Lab services include data collection, taxonomy, and research.
- Statewide Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program to assess the quality of the state’s wadeable streams (EPA and the State Water Resources Control Board)
- Aquatic Management Indicator Species (MIS) Monitoring in Sierra Nevada National Forests (US Forest Service)
- Bioassessment field work in southern California and benthic macroinvertebrate taxonomy for field samples (So CA Coastal Water Research Project)
- Bioasessment services, including water sample processing from original samples sorting organisms to major taxonomic categories. Clients are provided with a taxalist and set of biological metrics for all samples. (Multiple private, State, & Federal clients)
Department of Fish and Game’s Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory (http://www.dfg.ca.gov/abl)
For more information, contact Dan Pickard, Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory (530-898-5573).