in stream food web

Stream Biota
Reprinted with permission of the Federal Interagency Stream Restoration Working Group (1998)


Lake Superior streams and stream corridors are teeming with life, from tiny single-celled algae to towering red pine trees.

The links at the left will help you to explore the variety of biota (plants and animals) in our stream ecosystems, and to identify the individual species you may encounter.

Learn more about the MPCA's Biological Monitoring Programs

Watch a video, "Stream Gets a Check-up" explaining the MPCA's biological monitoring efforts underway across the state.