Center for Water and the Environment - CWE

CWE is the CSU, Chico hub for research and education activities related to water and environment. CWE connects people from diverse fields across the University as well as outside the University.

Current Projects:

dan Aquatic Bioassessment Lab

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 IBIs 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 (U.S. 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, and federal clients).

 For more information on the other CWE projects, please follow the links below: