The purpose of stressor identification is to explain the results of the biological monitoring and assessment process. The information obtained answers the questions of why one stream has a low index of biological integrity (IBI) score, while another has a high score. It looks at causal factors – negative ones harming fish and insects, and positive ones leading to healthy biology. Stressors may be physical, chemical, or biological. Stressor identification is a formal and rigorous process that identifies stressors causing biological impairment of aquatic ecosystems, and provides a structure for organizing the scientific evidence supporting the conclusions (EPA, 2000). In simpler terms, it is the process of identifying the major factors causing harm to fish and other river and stream life. Stressor identification is a key component of the major watershed restoration and protection projects being carried out under Minnesota's Clean Water Legacy Act. This report summarizes stressor identification work in the Rock River Watershed. Located in southwest Minnesota, the Rock River Watershed encompasses approximately 582,106 acres within the state of Minnesota. This watershed includes many large and small tributaries to the Rock River.
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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (St. Paul, Minnesota)
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