Thesis Title

A Biological Assessment of the Fish and Benthic Macroinvertebrates From Two Urban Streams in Springfield, Missouri

Date of Graduation

Spring 2006

Degree

Master of Science in Biology

Department

Biology

Committee Chair

Daniel Beckman

Keywords

bioassessment, urban, stream, fish, macroinvertebrates

Subject Categories

Biology

Abstract

This study assessed the health of two biotic communities in Jordan and Galloway Creeks in Springfield, Missouri. Fish and benthic macroinvertabrate samples were collected from each stream using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Rapid Bioassesment Protocols for Use in Wadeable Streams and Rivers. Samples were collected in September 2004 and February 2005, and organisms were identified and counted. The number of organisms and taxa present were evaluated with regionally modified metrics to extrapolate an Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI). Results suggested that the fish and benthic macroinvertabrate communities are impaired in both streams, and Jordan Creek was more severely impaired than Galloway Creek.

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© Michael R. Kromrey

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