June 2008, Vol. 20, No.6

Water Volumes

Biological Monitoring of Rivers: Applications and Perspectives

Giuliano Ziglio, Maurizio Siligardi, and Giovanna Flaim (2006). John Wiley & Sons, 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774, 486 pp., $230, hardcover, ISBN 978-0-470-86376-3.

Gang Chen

Derived from a workshop, this book focuses on a comprehensive study of the aquatic environment and promotes the use of biotic methods in evaluating the quality of running waters. The authors revisit hydrodynamics, river ecology, and river monitoring and assessment methods. Also included are case studies of biological monitoring of rivers, as well as new tools and strategies for river evaluation.

The book is divided into four sections: the river environment, biological monitoring of rivers, case studies in biological monitoring, and new tools and strategies for river ecology evaluation. These sections are perfectly integrated into the theme of biological monitoring of rivers.

Biotic approaches incorporate the most highly regarded features of diversity, and a wide range of well-established techniques and methods of biological river monitoring have been encompassed in the European Union. These techniques and methods of evaluating the quality of running waters increase our knowledge of the water resources and better gauge the health of the rivers, which also may influence policy decisions concerning surface-water management.

This book systematically discusses the biological monitoring of rivers using biological indicators of macroinvertebrates, fish, algae, and macrophytes. The dynamics of these various biological indicators are schematized. The case studies presented emphasize the methodologies, as well as the technical and scientific implications of biological monitoring of running waters, such as Alpine, North European, Mediterranean, and Eastern and Central European rivers. Key features of bioassessment development in the United States also are discussed.

This book could serve as a resource for local, state, and federal authorities to make decisions on river water conservation. It also would be a helpful reference book for scientists and professionals involved in river ecology and surface water management.

Gang Chen is assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida A&M University–Florida State University (Tallahassee).

Gang Chen is assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida A&M University–Florida State University (Tallahassee).