Swamp Surveillance at Nassawango Creek
How do land use and best management practices affect the Chesapeake Bay watershed?
To find out, USGS scientists trudge through the muddy swamp of Nassawango Creek on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for a water science partnership with Virginia Tech.
The USGS is conducting an ecological assessment of regions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and assessing how best management practices (BMPs) on the landscape affect stream health. USGS is monitoring water quality, water temperature, salinity, flow, and geomorphology, while researchers from VA Tech are surveying macroinvertebrates and fish. Put together, these data can be used to determine the effects of land use and BMPs on stream conditions, and how those stream conditions affect biodiversity.
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