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Evaluation of Massie’s Creek Habitat and Water Quality
The Research and Scholarship Symposium
  • Kaitlyn Sturm, Cedarville University
  • Amiah Warder, Cedarville University
  • Malorie Young, Cedarville University
  • Mark A. Gathany, Cedarville University
Type of Submission
  • Stream restoration,
  • North Fork Massies' Creek,
  • QHEI,
  • macroinvertebrate,
  • biodiversity,
  • water quality
In November of 2009, Greene County completed a restoration project on the North Fork of Massie Creek. This project was designed to address “...erosion and water quality concerns, improve drainage, and restore the habitat of NFMC”. The project worked to “...stabilize the stream banks, create riffle/pool habitat, and restore and enhance vegetation along a 2.2-mile long segment of the creek”. The project was finalized with seeding the area in January of 2010. Now four years later we will evaluate the aquatic habitats, macroinvertebrate biodiversity, and water quality in the restored (North Fork) and unrestored (South Fork) segments of Massie’s Creek as well as points after their confluence. We predict that the water quality, macroinvertebreate biodiversity, and aquatic habitats will be of greater quality in the restored North Fork as compared to the other segments. We will be monitoring water quality (light, temperature, and turbidity) at different points along Massie Creek. Additionally, we will use the Ohio EPA’s Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index to assess habitat quality and macroinvertebrate biodiversity.
Faculty Sponsor or Advisor’s Name
Mark Gathany
Campus Venue
Stevens Student Center
Cedarville, OH
Start Date
4-16-2014 11:00 AM
End Date
4-16-2014 12:00 AM
Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Citation Information
Kaitlyn Sturm, Amiah Warder, Malorie Young and Mark A. Gathany. "Evaluation of Massie’s Creek Habitat and Water Quality" (2014)
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