This project evaluates the hypothesis that protection and/or maintenance of natural land maintains ecological stream quality by limiting, preventing, or redirecting changes to land cover and use away from headwaters, stream buffers, and wetlands. The project will be conducted in two steps — looking first at available chemical, macroinvertebrate, and fish data, and then collecting additional data specifically focused on the relationship between protecting forests and stream quality.
Funded by: Open Space Institute
Collaborators: Stefanie A. Kroll, Marie J. Kurz, David Keller, and Lin Perez (Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University)
Project Years: 2020, 2021