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Rapid Plant Assessment Protocol
Every four years the EPA coordinates a survey of the nation’s lakes. The 2008 survey showed that shoreline plants were one of the areas of lakes most affected by development. DNR Science Services designed a plant sampling method for the EPA survey that allows cross-lake comparisons yet does not require detailed knowledge about aquatic plant taxonomy. The method groups plants into guilds by growth form. A lake can be surveyed quickly with the method, but speed is related to the intensity of sampling. Fewer transects per survey yielded reduced data quality. DNR Science Services then trained EPA staff on the method, and it was included in the 2012 National Lakes Assessment survey.