Title

Landscape Characteristics that Contribute to Successful Stream Restoration Projects

Item Type

Poster

Location

Elaine Langone Center, Terrace Room

Session

Poster session

Start Date

10-11-2017 8:00 PM

End Date

10-11-2017 9:59 PM

Keywords

stream restoration, landscape analysis, GIS, habitat improvement

Description

Riparian zone management practices influence the ecological issues attributed to agricultural land use and environmental quality. Geographic Information Systems can be utilized to prioritize areas adjacent to waterways that are used for agricultural purposes and have high rates of runoff where no riparian zone is present. The Chesapeake Conservancy has developed a prioritization tool that identified sites on Elk Creek, Spring Creek, and Pine Creek in Central PA for restoration. Using this priority tool for selecting sites, we are monitoring sites as stream restoration projects are begun. We wish to compare site-specific measurements of fish populations, macro-invertebrate populations, and stream sediment characteristics with the prioritization weights to determine whether sites selected using GIS tools can be significantly improved after stream restoration projects.

Language

eng

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Nov 10th, 8:00 PM Nov 10th, 9:59 PM

Landscape Characteristics that Contribute to Successful Stream Restoration Projects

Elaine Langone Center, Terrace Room

Riparian zone management practices influence the ecological issues attributed to agricultural land use and environmental quality. Geographic Information Systems can be utilized to prioritize areas adjacent to waterways that are used for agricultural purposes and have high rates of runoff where no riparian zone is present. The Chesapeake Conservancy has developed a prioritization tool that identified sites on Elk Creek, Spring Creek, and Pine Creek in Central PA for restoration. Using this priority tool for selecting sites, we are monitoring sites as stream restoration projects are begun. We wish to compare site-specific measurements of fish populations, macro-invertebrate populations, and stream sediment characteristics with the prioritization weights to determine whether sites selected using GIS tools can be significantly improved after stream restoration projects.