Central Plains Center for Bioassessment

Research

As a center of biological expertise, we assist in study design and analysis, conduct independent research, assist in field work, and assist in the construction, maintenance, and housing of databases. Current projects and past projects are listed below by waterbody type. Click on each to see related databases, photos, resources, and contact names.

Streams and Rivers

Impact assessment of the proposed Lawrence waste water treatment plant on the Wakarusa River: a long-term monitoring/assessment strategy. 2013‑2014
Post-Bank Stabilization Fish Monitoring on Cottonwood River 2013‑2014
Post-bank stabilization monitoring on the Neosho River – a fish survey. 2013‑2014
2013-2013 National River and Streams Assessment 2013
Asian Carp Distribution Study Using Environmental DNA (eDNA) 2012‑2013
Identifying floodplain alluviation from post-settlement land use activities in the Delaware River Basin (Kansas): a proof of concept study 2012‑2013
eDNA sampling as a non-invasive monitoring tool for threatened and endangered species: Experimental studies using Topeka Shiners (Notropis topeka) 2012‑2013
Biological impairment in Kansas reservoirs and lotic ecosystems due to erosion and sediment 2009‑2012
Assessment of Sunflower Electric Power Corporation’s Great Bend Station selenium discharge on a tributary of Dry Walnut Creek 2011
Jeffreys Energy Center Biomonitoring 2008‑2010
Assessing the Condition of USEPA Region 7's Large Tributaries of the Missouri River: A Probabilistic Design Approach 2007‑2010
National Rivers and Streams Assessment 2008‑2009
Assessment of Selenium Levels in the Solomon River in Southwestern Kansas (Kansas Department of Health and Environment) 2007‑2009
EMAP-Great Rivers Reference Condition Research on the Missouri River in Kansas 2006‑2008
Kansas City Missouri Urban Streams 2007‑2008
Continuation of Nutrient Criteria Efforts in USEPA Region 7: Documenting Lake and Stream Analyses and Assembling a Wetland Database 2004‑2007
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Macroinvertebrates 2004‑2007
Assessment of Selenium Levels in Water, Bottom Sediment, and Biota of Arkansas River in Southwestern Kansas (Kansas Department of Health and Environment) 2005‑2007
Identification and Characterization of Reference Conditions of Wadeable Streams within USEPA Region 7 Using Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) methodology 2005‑2006
Defining Relationships among Indicators of Sediment, Erosion and Ecosystem Health in Low Gradient Streams 2004‑2006
Determination of Regional Reference Conditions, Tiered Aquatic Life Applications and Inter-Regional Calibration of Community Assessment Methods 2003‑2006
National Wadeable Streams Assessment 2004‑2005
Ecological Assessment of Wolf Creek 2003‑2005
National Park Service - Heartland Network Project 2001‑2003
Lake Modeling Project - Part I 2001‑2003
Nutrient Streams Project 1999‑2002
Dissolved Oxygen Study 1999‑2001
TMDL Supplemental Data Assessment Project 1999‑2001
Validation of the Clean Water Farms Project 1996‑2001
Tristate Study 1992‑1994

Lakes and Reservoirs

National Lake Survey (2012) 2012
Biological impairment in Kansas reservoirs and lotic ecosystems due to erosion and sediment 2009‑2012
Determining the Utility and Adaptability of Remote Sensing in Monitoring and Assessing Reservoir Eutrophication and Turbidity for TMDL Assessments 2008‑2009
Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake Assessment 2008
Models for the Management of Taste and Odor Events in Kansas Reservoirs--Phase 1 Research 2006‑2008
Lake Survey - USACE 2007
EMAP Lake Survey (2007) 2007
Lake Survey - Marion Reservior 2007
Lake Modeling Project Part II: An integrated assessment of the effects of internal phosphorus cycling and sediment resuspension on the eutrophication of lakes and reservoirs in the Central Plains 2005‑2007
Continuation of Nutrient Criteria Efforts in USEPA Region 7: Documenting Lake and Stream Analyses and Assembling a Wetland Database 2004‑2007
Lake Modeling Project - Part I 2001‑2003
National Park Service - Heartland Network Project 2001‑2003
Spatial and Temporal Variability of Nutrient Limitation on Phytoplankton Growth in Kansas Reservoirs 2001‑2003
TMDL Supplemental Data Assessment Project 1999‑2001

Wetlands

Playa Mapping and Assessment 2013‑2014
National Wetland Condition Assessment 2011
Assessment of Floodplain Wetlands of the Lower Missouri River Using an EMAP Study Approach, Phase II: Verification of Rapid Assessment Tools 2008‑2009
Reference Wetlands of USEPA Region 7 2006‑2008
Wetlands of the Lower Missouri River Floodplain, Phase I 2005‑2007
Continuation of Nutrient Criteria Efforts in USEPA Region 7: Documenting Lake and Stream Analyses and Assembling a Wetland Database 2004‑2007
Developing Regional Nutrient Criteria for Wetlands of the Central Plains Region 2005‑2007