Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An aquatic insect community comparison between forest and agricultural sites in a drinking water supply watershed
by Brinkley, Lydia R., M.S., State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2011, 108; 1506080
Abstract (Summary)

This study was implemented to determine the influence of agricultural land use versus forest land use on stream quality in the Skaneateles Lake Watershed. Skaneateles Lake is the primary source of drinking water to the City of Syracuse, NY. A monitoring protocol was employed to determine habitat and nutrient status, and aquatic insect community composition in eight subwatersheds of the Skaneateles Lake Watershed. Agricultural sites had lower slope, canopy cover, and wetted width to depth ratio, lower counts of large woody debris, smaller substrates, and less dissolved oxygen as compared to forest sites. Agricultural and forest sites differed in dissolved inorganic carbon concentration. Quantitative sampling of aquatic insects revealed degraded community composition in agricultural sites as compared to forest sites. Macroinvertebrate community metrics correlated with habitat variables, which correlated among themselves as well. Monitoring protocols in the Skaneateles Lake Watershed may help avoid installation of a drinking water filtration system.

Keywords: Aquatic insects, land use, best management practices, monitoring protocol

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Briggs, Russell D.
Commitee: Nowak, Christopher A., Ringler, Neil H.
School: State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Department: Forest Resources Management
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ecology, Natural Resource Management
Keywords: Aquatic insects, Best management practices, Land use, Monitoring protocol
Publication Number: 1506080
ISBN: 9781267164735
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