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SDEP May Monthly Meeting

  • Tuesday, May 10, 2011
  • 12:00 PM - 12:59 PM
  • Phil's BBQ Point Loma


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Betty Fetscher, Ph.D., Senior Scientist
Biology Department So. Cal. Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP)


Progress on Stream Algae Assessment Tool Development in Southern California


$25 for members, $30 for non-members, add $5 if reservation is not received by 5pm the Friday before. Walk-ins with no reservation will be asked to wait until those with reservations are seated.


Bioassessment is an important component of stream monitoring both in ambient assessment and compliance monitoring. While benthic macroinvertebrates (bugs) have been used throughout the State for many years, there is a need for additional bioindicators in order to provide weight of evidence, and to provide a broader perspective on attainment of aquatic life beneficial uses. Algae have been used extensively in bioassessment worldwide and can provide information about water quality complementary to what macroinvertebrates tell us. SCCWRP is heading up an effort to develop an index of biotic integrity (IBI) for southern California streams using diatoms and soft-bodied algae. Preliminary data reveal community-level responses of algae to broad anthropogenic stress, as well as specific responses to nutrients and other factors, thus showing promise for algae as a second bioindicator for use in our streams.

Speaker Information:

Betty Fetscher is a biologist with the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) who specializes in stream ecology, botany, and the analysis of ecological data. She received a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. from UC San Diego. Dr. Fetscher directs SCCWRP's stream benthic algae research program and has been working with State agency personnel to develop the capacity for statewide stream bioassessment using algal indicators.


BBQ Chicken, Coleslaw, Beans.  Vegetarian meals must be ordered in advance - please contact Roger Lahr to order.


Phil's BBQ
3750 Sports Arena Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92110


Directions from the North: Take I-5 South; take exit 20 toward S Rosecrans Street; Merge onto Camino Del Rio West; Turn right at Sports Arena Boulevard; Phil's BBQ will be on the right.

Directions from the South: Take I-5 North; Take exit 18A to merge onto Pacific Highway; Slight right to stay on Pacific Highway; Turn left at Taylor Street; Continue onto Rosecrans Street; Continue onto Sports Arena Boulevard; Phil's BBQ will be on the right.

Directions from the East: Take I-8 West; Take exit 2B for I-5 South toward CA-209 S/Rosecrans Street; Slight left at Camino Del Rio West; Turn right at Sports Arena Boulevard; Phil's BBQ will be on the right.

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