Student Author Information

Brianna HeathFollow

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Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2019

Department

Environmental Science

Abstract

Effective policy decisions in water quality improvement rely on accurate information regarding the sources of various pollutants. While data collection in itself is an integral part of this process, proper synthesis of water quality data is essential for properly informing these decisions. Water quality data collected in the Blackwater/Ivy Creek watershed each spring from 2005 - 2018 was analyzed using various statistical methods. Our results upheld previous research indicating that streams in areas with more impervious surfaces tend to have worse water quality than those in more rural settings. The results helped us in identifying causes of stream degradation in the rural, peripheral, and urban areas of Lynchburg. With the information collected, we created management scenarios specific to the streams that could be used to inform policy in the Lynchburg area.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Thomas Shahady

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Vector Analysis of Land Use on Watershed Health

Effective policy decisions in water quality improvement rely on accurate information regarding the sources of various pollutants. While data collection in itself is an integral part of this process, proper synthesis of water quality data is essential for properly informing these decisions. Water quality data collected in the Blackwater/Ivy Creek watershed each spring from 2005 - 2018 was analyzed using various statistical methods. Our results upheld previous research indicating that streams in areas with more impervious surfaces tend to have worse water quality than those in more rural settings. The results helped us in identifying causes of stream degradation in the rural, peripheral, and urban areas of Lynchburg. With the information collected, we created management scenarios specific to the streams that could be used to inform policy in the Lynchburg area.