Water: Monitoring & Assessment
Biological Assessment of Wetlands Workgroup
The Biological Assessment of Wetlands Work Group (BAWWG) was formed in 1997 with the objective of improving methods and programs to evaluate the biological integrity of wetlands. BAWWG disbanded in 2002 after achieving their objective, largely through the publication of the "Methods for Evaluating Wetland Condition" Modules. They were also responsible for much of what is contained in these wetland bioassessment web pages including the publication of introductory fact sheets, interactive databases, and comprehensive literature searches (available at http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/bawwg/publicat.html) all providing invaluable tools to assist the wetland bioassessment practitioner to develop their programs. This body of work was accomplished by the dedicated involvement of 36 federal, state and academic scientists from around the country (see list below) through eight meetings, several conference calls and the innumerable person-to-person contacts that a group like this makes possible. BAWWG members will continue their critical scientific and technical contributions as participants in EPA's newly formed National Wetland Monitoring Workgroup.
The New England Biological Assessment of Wetlands Work Group (NEBAWWG) was formed out of BAWWG in 1998 and continues to operate in EPA's Northeast Region [BROKEN].