Original Articles

A PRELIMINARY EVALUATION OF ASPECTS OF SASS (SOUTH AFRICAN SCORING SYSTEM) FOR THE RAPID BIOASSESSMENT OF WATER QUALITY IN RIVERS, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE INCORPORATION OF SASS IN A NATIONAL BIOMONITORING PROGRAMME

Published in: Southern African Journal of Aquatic Sciences
Volume 23, issue 1, 1997 , pages: 79–94
DOI: 10.1080/10183469.1997.9631389
Author(s): H.F. DallasFreshwater Research Unit, Department of Zoology, South Africa

Abstract

The rapid bioassessment method, SASS (South African Scoring System) has been developed to assess water quality in riverine ecosystems. It is a scoring system based on the presence or absence of macroinvertebrate groups, and yields three values, namely SASS4 Score, Number of Taxa and Average Score Per Taxon (ASPT). The current and future use of SASS, including incorporation into the National Biomonitoring Programme for Riverine Ecosystems, necessitates evaluation of this bioassessment method. This study focuses on three aspects. namely spatial variation in SASS scores, including regional and longitudinal (sub-regional) variation; temporal variation in SASS scores, and the effect of biotope availability on SASS scores.

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