Stream ecosystems change with urban development

General Information Product 143
National Water-Quality Assessment Program
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The healthy condition of the physical living space in a natural stream—defined by unaltered hydrology (streamflow), high diversity of habitat features, and natural water chemistry—supports diverse biological communities with aquatic species that are sensitive to disturbances. In a highly degraded urban stream, the poor condition of the physical living space—streambank and tree root damage from altered hydrology, low diversity of habitat, and inputs of chemical contaminants—contributes to biological communities with low diversity and high tolerance to disturbance.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Stream ecosystems change with urban development
Series title General Information Product
Series number 143
DOI 10.3133/gip143
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) National Water Quality Assessment Program
Description 1 p.: 17 x 11 inches
First page 1
Last page 1
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