Work focused on integrating existing da ta for bio logi cal assemblage s with new GIS infrastruc ture and existing classificat ion efforts within Illinois (e.g., National Fish Habitat Partnership [Esselman et al. 2011]; Upper Mississippi River Basin Assessment [Khoury et al. 2011]). Updated fish and mussel data were prepa red for application within Ecological Drainage Unit s (EDU) and summarization with Aquatic Ecologi cal System (AES) being developed during this reporting pe riod. We have also incorporated an expa nded taxonomic resolut ion by adding informat ion from the Illinois Natural History Sur vey (INHS) collections database, and IEPA macroinvertebrate surveys for aquatic macroinvertebrates (Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera or collectively EPT) throughout Illinois.Work on this project was mainly conduc ted by one part time research scientist for the majority of the reporting period due to delays in obtaining completed summarizes for the IDNR update GIS infrastructure. While EDU, AES, and VSTs were initially developed using the previous version their integration wit h the new system has been more difficult than anticipated and effectively delayed work on defining Natural Community Types (Job 5) which requires their use. This project will produce attributed GIS feature classes that describe a series of nested classification units that can be used for conservation and management planning for stream systems at a variety of landscape scales. A request for a second one year no-cost extension was accepted for the project during this reporting period.
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