Central Plains Center for Bioassessment

Assessing the Condition of USEPA Region 7's Large Tributaries of the Missouri River: A Probabilistic Design Approach

Alex & Adam on the shock boat on the Big Sioux River, Iowa.
Date January 2007 - December 2010
Contact Debbie Baker
Funding
US EPA
Location Non-wadeable tributaries of the Missouri River

Summary

The majority of past biological and physiochemical assessment efforts have focused on developing tools for use in wadeable streams and the subsequent monitoring of these streams using targeted monitoring design. Most state monitoring programs within USEPA Region 7 have included a limited number of large river sites and no probability based sampling programs for non-wadeable flowing water have been completed in this region, although the Great River Ecosystems (GRE) project within the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) has generated a fairly robust dataset for those portions of the Lower Missouri River and Upper Mississippi River that are designated waters of USEPA Region 7.

CPCB assessed the ecological conditions of large, non-wadeable tributaries of the Missouri River in USEPA Region 7. We sampled 40 randomly selected sites using the National Rivers and Streams Assessment protocols, and used the 25th percentile statistical method to select reference sites from these 40.

The collection and comparison of data from randomly selected test sites and reference sites will provide: 1) general status and trend data on non-wadeable tributary health, 2) a test of the reference selection process and methodology, and 3) information on those abiotic and biotic indicators that best differentiate between reference and randomly selected test sites.

This project is funded by USEPA ORD, REMAP, and the Mid Continental Ecology Division.

Data

Click here to download the MSAccess database (4.7 MB .mdb).

For a site map visit http://www.kars.ku.edu/CPCBSamplingSites, activate the layer FieldSitesTribs_2008-2009_FED46990_alb.

IDnamevisit 1visit 2lat long statesitesample
1 Big Sioux River 2/Jun/2009 25/Jun/2009 42.94860 -96.50810 SD/IA 1 1 & 2
4 Platte River 26/Jun/2008 30/Jul/2008 41.12730 -97.92360 NE 2 3 & 4
5 Floyd River 24/Jun/2009 9/Jul/2009 42.72950 -96.22170 IA 3 5 & 6
9 Little Sioux River 7/Jul/2009 11/Aug/2009 43.01140 -95.04420 IA 4 7 & 8
12 Niobrara River 17/Jul/2008   42.84110 -98.88940 NE 5 9
13 Boyer River 27/May/2009   41.88680 -95.58650 IA 6 10
14 Chariton River 17/Jun/2009   40.36460 -92.68590 MO 7 11
15 Kansas River 30/Jul/2009   39.03320 -95.32280 KS 8 12
17 Gasconade River 14/Jul/2009   38.26030 -91.81400 MO 9 13
22 Kansas River 20/May/2009   38.97780 -95.02950 KS 10 14
26 Grand River 28/Jul/2009   39.66210 -93.28390 MO 11 15
28 Niobrara River 29/Jul/2008   42.79420 -98.61620 NE 12 16
29 Nodaway River 29/Jul/2009   40.12660 -95.05150 MO 13 17
31 Kansas River 21/May/2009   39.18090 -96.55140 KS 14 18
32 Niobrara River 15/Jul/2008   42.72300 -99.55860 NE 15 19
34 Gasconade River 15/Jul/2009   38.11270 -91.90150 MO 16 20
35 Big Sioux River 3/Jun/2009   42.92720 -96.53450 SD/IA 17 21
40 Platte River 25/Jun/2008   41.39240 -97.33690 NE 18 22
41 Chariton River 17/Jun/2009   40.40380 -92.66780 MO 19 23
42 Grand River 27/Jul/2009   39.73860 -93.53450 MO 20 24
46 Gasconade River 15/Jul/2009   38.39260 -91.82010 MO 21 25
47 Vermillion River 22/Jul/2009   43.33050 -97.01630 SD 22 26
50 Osage River 16/Jul/2009   38.19970 -92.62120 MO 23 27
51 Floyd River 24/Jun/2009   42.70250 -96.25120 IA 24 28
56 Platte River 18/Jun/2008   41.36110 -96.43110 NE 25 29
63 Vermillion River 23/Jul/2009   43.22290 -96.95400 SD 26 30
67 Big Sioux River 4/Jun/2009   42.87990 -96.53870 SD/IA 27 31
68 Little Sioux River 8/Jul/2009   42.91760 -95.11120 IA 28 32
69 Chariton River 18/Jun/2009   39.98230 -92.68090 MO 29 33
79 Vermillion River 21/Jul/2009   42.98610 -96.97730 SD 30 34
80 Boyer River 28/May/2009   41.89060 -95.58290 IA 31 35
84 Little Sioux River 12/Aug/2009   42.60460 -95.68470 IA 32 36
96 Boyer River 5/Aug/2009   41.71790 -95.71790 IA 33 37
102 Grand River     39.69900 -93.34630 MO 34 38
320 Floyd River 13/Aug/2009   42.73160 -96.21560 IA 35 39
322 Boeuf Creek     38.54140 -91.29570 MO 36 40
335 Lotre River     38.94060 -91.61681 MO alt alt.
227 Boyer River (4th site) 4/Aug/2009       IA 37 41

Analysis, Results, or Reports

FINAL REPORT BODY (pdf)

FINAL REPORT APPENDICES (pdf)

PROTOCOLS

QAPP, 2008 (pdf)

Periphyton & Phytoplankton - CPCB methods (pdf)

National Rivers and Streams Assessment protocols (19MB pdf).

Maps, Images, or Photos

Filtering in the field is fun.

Alex & Adam on the shock boat on the Big Sioux River, Iowa.

Kim joyfully records habitat data.

Ben & Eric measure thalweg.

Bob models the electrofishing setup - livewells, generator, etc.

Navagating through trees on the Little Sioux River, Iowa.

2007 - Our first sampling event on the Kansas River:

Staff

Jerry deNoyelles

Andy Dzialowski

Debbie Baker

Donald Huggins