The Effect Of a Developed Watershed on Stream Ecology - Science Fair
Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:29 PM
My idea right now is to test how a developed watershed affects the fish diversity, water quality, and (possibly) macroinvertebrates.
At this point I have no clue how to do these systematically.
I would go to three locations and test these factors, one in a relatively undeveloped area, one in an impacted area (Nimishillen Creek in Canton), and one in a very impacted area (Little Cuyahoga at Akron). I might need a sampling buddy/mentor to assist with the project. Any help/ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:41 PM
Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:50 PM
I chose the little cuyahoga because it is so hugely affected.
Thanks for the suggestion for the macroinvertebrates. For this study, would it be better to use other peoples' data or my own?
Right now I'm thinking of using USGS for turbidity, and OSU or whatever I can come up with for the biology part.
Posted 02 May 2014 - 10:23 AM
Posted 02 May 2014 - 04:50 PM
Posted 02 May 2014 - 10:47 PM
Yes having your sites on opposite sides of a major divide can cause you some trouble when trying to make comparisons in the fish or invertebrate communities. Might be able to help you out with the collecting part but my free time is pretty limited so I'm not making any promises on that side of things.
Posted 04 May 2014 - 10:24 AM
You may find diversity data too, or do that part yourself. Find locations with a variety of water quality results and sample macro/micro critters. A basic field id book, camera and google makes it pretty doable. wish I had such options when I was kid.
Posted 10 January 2015 - 03:35 AM
More exciting, the local parks commission is going through a major reform. They will soon be implementing proper riparian zones and restoring a large stretch of the stream. This is exciting because only a small stretch of the creek is in full or partial attainment of water quality parameters.
There has been an aquaponics system sitting dry in my school's greenhouse for some time now. The horticulture teacher has allowed me to take charge of it. It is 8'x3' with a 6" grow bed and a 10" main tank. I am excited to fill it with local stream fishes. Does anyone have any suggestions about cool species or things to do with this?
Posted 12 January 2015 - 09:13 AM
How many gallons is that main tank where the fish would go. You may just want some easy to keep community fish that you could keep a bunch of in there. Several minnow species come to mind that you should be able to catch plenty of locally. Blacknose Dace, Southern Redbelly Dace, Hornyhead Chub, Bluntnose Minnow, Spotfin Shiners all are easy to keep and make good aquarium fish that are found locally.
Brian J. Zimmerman
Gambier, Ohio - Kokosing River Drainage
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