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Controls of stream chemistry and fish populations in the Neversink watershed, Catskill Mountains, New York

September 1, 2001

The Neversink Watershed Study was initiated in 1991 to develop an understanding of the key natural processes that control water quality within the forested, 166 km 2 (64 mi 2), Neversink River watershed; part of the New York City drinking water supply system, in the Catskill Mountain region of New York. The study entailed (1) hydrological investigations of water movement from the atmosphere to streams, (2) biogeochemical investigations of nitrogen and calcium, important nutrients in forest and aquatic ecosystems whose availability has been altered by acidic deposition, (3) an investigation of elevational patterns in atmospheric deposition, and (4) fisheries investigations to determine the relative importance of physical habitat and acidic deposition in controlling the abundance and diversity of fish species in the watershed. This report summarizes the results of these investigations, which have also been presented, in detail, in peer-reviewed technical articles and reports that are cited throughout the text.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2001
Title Controls of stream chemistry and fish populations in the Neversink watershed, Catskill Mountains, New York
DOI 10.3133/wri004040
Authors Gregory B. Lawrence, Douglas A. Burns, Barry P. Baldigo, Peter S. Murdoch, Gary M. Lovett
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series Number 2000-4040
Index ID wri004040
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization New York Water Science Center

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