Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center

Biological Community Monitoring

Filter Total Items: 7
Date published: March 31, 2017
Status: Active

Invasive Carp

Adult bighead, silver, and hybrid carp are invavsive species of fish that spread quickly once they are established in a water body. These carp damage habitat and reduce water-quality for native fish. Invasive carp have been confirmed within the Wabash River basin for at least 15 years. Scientists and natural resource managers are extremely concerned about the carp migrating to the Great Lakes...

Date published: March 31, 2017
Status: Active

Ecological Monitoring

Scientists research biology, botany, microbiology, habitat, climate, water quality, and other fields to achieve a comprehensive view of ecosystems and their health. Ecosystems can be easily stressed by human activities, climate change, sediment, nutrients, contaminants, and many other variables. Ecosystem monitoring is critical to ecosystem health and answers important questions about the...

Contacts: Jeffrey Frey
Date published: March 10, 2017
Status: Active

Biological Response to Nutrients

Eutrophication, or excess nutrients in streams, is typically one of the top reasons that a stream is listed as impaired on the 303(d) list as part of the Clean Water Act. 

Contacts: Jeffrey Frey
Date published: July 14, 2016
Status: Active

Algal Biomass Lab

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center Algal Biomass Laboratory processes samples for chlorophyll-a and nutrients.  The analytical data for chlorophyll-a and pheophytin provided by USGS [periphyton samples collected by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)] are used by IDEM for water quality assessment and nutrient management planning.

Contacts: Aubrey Bunch
Date published: July 12, 2016
Status: Active

Cumberland Gap Study: Sediment Acquisition and Modeling of Davis Branch

Davis Branch, a stream within the boundaries of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, is a designated Warm Water Aquatic Habitat, Primary Contact Recreation, and Outstanding State Resource Water. Historically, the stream has provided a critical habitat to the federally-threatened Blackside Dace, a small cyprinid fish endemic to the upper Cumberland River basin. In recent decades, the...

Contacts: Jeremiah Lant