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Bug Catching for the State: Gathering Baseline Ecological Information Under Wave


Keith H. Hirokawa


Albany Law School

Charles Gottlieb


Albany Law School

Kristin Keehan


Albany Law School

December 17, 2012

Albany Law School Research Paper No. 26 for 2012-2013

Abstract:     
In the ongoing process of establishing and maintaining water quality, state regulators have been challenged by a general lack of information about the condition of our nation’s waters. This dilemma largely results from inadequate resources to conduct water quality investigations. Presently, state regulators lack water quality information for hundreds of thousands of miles of water resources. One recent trend to correct this informational deficiency converges the reach of citizen monitoring with the efficiency of indicator species analysis, such as in New York’s Wadeable Assessment of Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) pilot program. This article will highlight state and federal efforts to evaluate the biological health of streams though the collection and identification of macroinvertebrate indicators by citizen volunteers. The article identifies the basic regulatory principles at stake and the numerous quality assurances set in place by different programs to ensure reliable data.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: environmental law, natural resources law, ecology, citizen monitoring, indicator species, administrative law, water quality, ecosystem management

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Date posted: December 18, 2012 ; Last revised: April 9, 2013

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Hirokawa, Keith H. and Gottlieb, Charles and Keehan, Kristin, Bug Catching for the State: Gathering Baseline Ecological Information Under Wave (December 17, 2012). Albany Law School Research Paper No. 26 for 2012-2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2190511 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2190511

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Keith H. Hirokawa (Contact Author)
Albany Law School ( email )
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

Charles Gottlieb
Albany Law School ( email )
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

Kristin Keehan
Albany Law School ( email )
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States
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