Aquatic Ecology

CEC has performed a variety of biological assessment studies on water bodies, including sampling, identification, and analysis of phytoplankton, zooplankton, periphyton, aquatic macrophyte, benthic macroinvertebrate, and fish communities.

CEC's staff is proficient in implementing the USEPA's Rapid Bioassessment Protocols for Use in Streams and Rivers and Macroinvertebrate Field and Laboratory Methods for Evaluating the Biological Integrity of Surface Waters, the Invertebrate Community Index, the Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM), and the USFWS WET 2.1, for wetlands evaluation. CEC biologists are also trained and highly experienced in performing aquatic and terrestrial ecological risk assessments for sites requiring hazardous waste characterization and remediation. CEC also possesses equipment such as boats, electro-shockers, benthic sampling equipment and a fully equipped biologic laboratory in support of these services.