Water Quality and Stream Health in Eastern Pennsylvania: 40 Years of Progress

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

This project compares the current state of 11 Bucks County, Pennsylvania streams with data collected from 1968-1971, before the Clean Water Act went into effect. Research comparisons will document whether the ecological condition of these streams has improved due to mandated reductions in point-source pollution discharges, deteriorated as a result of watershed development in Bucks County, or remained the same over time.

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Funded by: NASA

Principal Investigator: Bernard W. Sweeney

Collaborators: Thomas L. Bott, John K. Jackson, Louis A. Kaplan, Anthony K. Aufdenkampe (Stroud Water Research Center), Ernie Schuyler (Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia)

Project Years: 2007, 2008, 2009