Poster or Presentation Title

Linking Buffer Zone Quality to Water Quality

Student Author Information

Hannah Pine, University of LynchburgFollow

Location

Virtual | Room 3

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

7-4-2021 3:15 PM

End Date

7-4-2021 3:30 PM

Department

Environmental Science

Abstract

This research seeks to examine the impact that changing land types has on water quality, and fill gaps in knowledge of freshwater quality and surveying. The proposed hypothesis is that the buffer zone is an accurate representation of the quality of the drainage zone of the streams, and by analyzing the buffer quality accurate predictions of water quality can be made. The overall condition of the streams will be determined by the Bank Erosion Height Index, which is a purely physical determination. This is the best way to determine water quality for this research because physical conditions are relatively unchanged over time, and are forged by the other conditions of the stream. Hence, we can start with a broad understanding of water quality and use our other measurements of nitrates, pH, macroinvertebrates, and turbidity, to support and understand why it was given this determination.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Jennifer Styrsky
Dr. David Perault
Dr. Doug Thomasey

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Linking Buffer Zone Quality to Water Quality

Virtual | Room 3

This research seeks to examine the impact that changing land types has on water quality, and fill gaps in knowledge of freshwater quality and surveying. The proposed hypothesis is that the buffer zone is an accurate representation of the quality of the drainage zone of the streams, and by analyzing the buffer quality accurate predictions of water quality can be made. The overall condition of the streams will be determined by the Bank Erosion Height Index, which is a purely physical determination. This is the best way to determine water quality for this research because physical conditions are relatively unchanged over time, and are forged by the other conditions of the stream. Hence, we can start with a broad understanding of water quality and use our other measurements of nitrates, pH, macroinvertebrates, and turbidity, to support and understand why it was given this determination.