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Water quality in White Clay Creek Watershed from 1991 to 2008

1024 681 Stroud Water Research Center

Battle, J.M., and J.K. Jackson. 2008. Stream Watch Project Final Report. Stroud Water Research Center, Avondale, Pennsylvania.

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Summary

The Stream Watch Program was initiated in 1991 because little was known about current stream conditions in the White Clay Creek (WCC) watershed and because of concerns about rapid land development in the area. The goals of this study were to evaluate water quality in WCC and its tributaries using aquatic macroinvertebrates, and make data available to encourage efforts to improve and/or protect water quality in WCC. Aquatic macroinvertebrates (insects and non-insects such as worms and mollusks) are a cost-effective, commonly used, and widely accepted tool in water quality monitoring programs. Macroinvertebrate sampling occurred for ~9-15 yrs from 1991 to 2008 at 18 sites located throughout the WCC watershed.