Macroinvertebrate Study« Go Back
In April of 2010, Aquatic Resources was asked to determine the primary environmental stressors that influence the integrity of aquatic macroinvertebrate (benthic) communities in the Eastern KY Coalfields. Aquatic Resources accomplished this task by developing a study that initially characterized the benthic “quality” at over 35 sample locations then provided ecologically-based explanations of their character through statistically-significant analyses. Utilizing both field and remote sensing data collection techniques, physical, chemical, and land use information was gathered on a benthic site-specific basis. Subsequently, a suite of multivariate analyses were used to determine significant correlations between the biological and environmental data. The results of the analyses were then interpreted ecologically based on macroinvertebrate physiological constraints.
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