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The Standard Method and the Rapid Approach: What's the Difference?
A rapid assessment of a lake's plant community can be conducted in under two hours, and despite the decrease in detail of the data collected, the approach does shed light on the overall condition of the aquatic plant community. Rapid assessments have the potential to provide more economical resource management when used to answer appropriate questions. The rapid plant assessment protocol was developed by DNR Science Services for the EPA's 2012 National Lakes Survey and was performed monitoring teams across the nation. Science services researchers continue to test the rapid assessment method in Wisconsin to determine its sensitivity to changes in the plant community and the feasibility of using it to check the condition of lakes in Wisconsin.