1977-2017 macroinvertebrate data from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality's Beneficial Use Reconnaissance Program

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Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (2018)

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Beneficial Use Reconnaissance Program, BURP, DEQ, Idaho Department of Environmental Quaility, macroinvertebrates


The purpose of the Beneficial Use Reconnaissance Program (BURP) is to help Idaho meet the requirements of the federal Clean Water Act by monitoring and determining the support status of Idaho’s water bodies. BURP started in 1993 as a pilot project and has evolved into an ongoing program.

BURP conducts monitoring activities at selected sites, emphasizing sampling and analysis to support assessments of biological assemblages and physical habitat structure of streams. These assessments support characterization of individual stream integrity and the total quality of Idaho’s waters. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ’s) past monitoring and assessment practices and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s rapid bioassessment protocols provided the foundation for BURP monitoring protocols.

The main variables include stream channel classification, temperature, conductivity, macroinvertebrate assemblages, fish assemblages, periphyton assemblages, bacteria (E. coli), amphibians, discharge, substrate, width/depth, canopy closure, large organic debris, pool complexity, habitat types, bank cover and stability, and habitat assessment.

This bibliography record describes a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet of 390,440 macroinvertebrate records collected between 1977 and 2017.

The initial import contains 278,812 records. 111,628 remain for a future import.


Shelf Note: Electronic Files - Zoology: Invertebrates