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National Biological Service Research Supports Watershed Planning

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Abstract

The National Biological Service's Leetown Science Center is investigating how human impacts on watershed, riparian, and in-stream habitats affect fish communities. The research will provide the basis for a Ridge and Valley model that will allow resource managers to accurately predict and effectively mitigate human impacts on water quality. The study takes place in the Opequon Creek drainage basin of West Virginia. A fourth-order tributary of the Potomac, the basin falls within the Ridge and Valley. The study will identify biological components sensitive to land use patterns and the condition of the riparian zone; the effect of stream size, location, and other characteristics on fish communities; the extent to which remote sensing can reliable measure the riparian zone; and the relationship between the rate of landscape change and the structure of fish communities.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Report
Title National Biological Service Research Supports Watershed Planning
Series number EPA 840-N-96-001
Year Published 1996
Language English
Publisher United States Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Office of Water
Publisher location Washington, DC
Contributing office(s) Leetown Science Center
Description 1 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype Other Report
Larger Work Title Watershed Events: an EPA bulletin on integrated aquatic ecosystem protection
First page 4
Last page 4
Country United States
State West Virginia
Other Geospatial Opequon Creek