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Ratings

 

45-50

Excellent

Comparable to the best situations with minimal human disturbance: all regionally expected species for the habitat and stream size, most intolerant forms are present and there is a balanced trophic structure

37-44

Good

Species richness somewhat below expectation, especially due to the loss of some intolerant species; some species present with less than optimal abundances or size distributions; trophic structure shows some signs of stress (increasing frequency of generalists and tolerant species).

29-36

Fair

Signs of additional deterioration include fewer species, loss of most intolerant species, highly skewed trophic structure (high frequency of generalists and tolerant species); older age classes of trout and/or top carnivores may be rare.

10-28

Poor

Low species richness, dominated by generalists and tolerant species, few (if any) trout or top carnivores, individuals may show signs of disease/parasites and site may have overall low abundance of fish.

 

 

 


   
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