In 1999, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began work on this series of reports entitled Methods for Evaluating Wetland Condition. The purpose of these reports is to help States and Tribes develop methods to evaluate (1) the overall ecological condition of wetlands using biological assessments and (2) nutrient enrichment of wetlands, which is one of the primary stressors damaging wetlands in many parts of the country. This information is intended to serve as a starting point for States and Tribes to eventually establish biological and nutrient water quality criteria specifically refined for wetland waterbodies. This purpose was to be accomplished by providing a series of “state of the science” modules concerning wetland bioassessment as well as the nutrient enrichment of wetlands. The individual module format was used instead of one large publication to facilitate the addition of other reports as wetland science progresses and wetlands are further incorporated into water quality programs. Also, this modular approach allows EPA to revise reports without having to reprint them all. A list of the inaugural set of 20 modules can be found at the end of this section. This series of reports is the product of a collaborative effort between EPA’s Health and Ecological Criteria Division of the Office of Science and Technology (OST) and the Wetlands Division of the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds (OWOW). The reports were initiated with the support and oversight of Thomas J. Danielson (OWOW), Amanda K. Parker and Susan K. Jackson (OST), and seen to completion by Douglas G. Hoskins (OWOW) and Ifeyinwa F. Davis (OST). EPA relied heavily on the input, recommendations, and energy of three panels of experts, which unfortunately have too many members to list individually: n Biological Assessment of Wetlands Workgroup n New England Biological Assessment of Wetlands Workgroup n Wetlands Nutrient Criteria Workgroup
Fennessy, M. S., M. Gernes, J. Mack, and D. Heller-Wardrop. 2002. Using vegetation to assess environmental conditions in wetlands. EPA 843-B-00-0002j. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Office of Water, Washington, DC.