MONITORING FISH AND AQUATIC MACROINVERTEBRATE COMMUNITIES IN MARSHALLS CREEK FROM 2001-2014

Open Access
Author:
McMillen, Jacqueline Elizabeth
Graduate Program:
Wildlife and Fisheries Science
Degree:
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
June 15, 2017
Committee Members:
  • Dr. Jay Stauffer, Thesis Advisor
Keywords:
  • aquatic monitoring
  • aquatic macroinvertebrates
  • fish
  • biotic monitoring
  • biotic indices
Abstract:
Construction in Marshalls Creek (Monroe County, PA) has been ongoing from 2004 through 2014. Construction included the building and improvement of intersections, relocation of an entryway with a bridge, a new storm-water management system, and a two lane highway that would by-pass the town of Marshalls Creek, PA. Collections of aquatic macroinvertebrates began in 2001 to determine if population fluctuations were associated with construction activities. Collections were made three times a year in different sections of Marshalls Creek. Stations were located upstream (reference sites) and downstream of proposed construction activities. Macroinvertebrates at the reference sites were monitored in order to determine normal fluctuations not associated with construction. In 2004, the fish population was sampled at reference sites and experimental sites annually, until 2014. The three goals of this research were to track stability and change in the upstream sites from 2001 to 2014; to track stability and changes in downstream sites from 2001 to 2014; and to determine if there were any changes in populations downstream of the construction that could not be explained by temporal changes recorded since 2001.