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Fish-community composition in Ouleout Creek, in the vicinity of East Sidney Lake, Delaware County, New York, 2000

Open-File Report 2001-80

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Abstract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, has been conducting biological surveys of the inflow and outflow streams of East Sidney Lake since the early 1980?s. These surveys are made to identify possible detrimental effects as well as benefits of the lake and to better understand the aquatic communities in the vicinity of the lake at the present and over time. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Survey jointly conducted a survey of the fish communities upstream and downstream of the reservoir in Ouleout Creek in September 2000. The fish communities upstream and downstream were compared and any differences or similarities seen in the fish communities were noted. This study found the fish communities upstream and downstream of East Sidney Lake to be in good condition, with Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores 4.5 upstream and 4.3 downstream. The habitat conditions of both reaches were of optimal quality, with a score of 18 upstream and 17 downstream as determined by use of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?s Rapid Bioassessment Protocols, and are capable of supporting fish communities. The Shannon Index was 2.95 upstream and 2.61 downstream of the lake, indicating that both reaches are slightly impacted by species richness and individual evenness among the species. Downstream, the dominant taxa was twice that of the co-dominant taxa. The Jaccards Coefficient and the Index of Similarity statistically shows these communities are similar, with scores of 0.76 and 0.86, respectively. Of the 19 species captured downstream, 16 of those also were captured upstream.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Fish-community composition in Ouleout Creek, in the vicinity of East Sidney Lake, Delaware County, New York, 2000
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2001-80
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2001
Language:
ENGLISH
Description:
iii, 12 p. : map ; 28 cm.