Event Title

Impacts of two Impoundments (Walker and Faylor Lakes) on their Stream Systems in Central PA

Faculty Advisor

Ahmed Lachhab

Start Date

25-4-2017 12:00 PM

End Date

25-4-2017 1:00 PM

Description

In recent years, dams have received extensive scrutiny for their effects on stream and river systems throughout the U.S. Direct land use has also been observed to be a major influence on the water quality of streams and rivers (Robins et al. 1987). The presence of two water impoundments; Walker and Faylor Lakes located respectively on the South and North branches of Middle Creek in Snyder County, Pennsylvania are believed to have a significant effect on the geochemistry and the benthic communities of these two headwater streams. This study focused on measuring onsite physical properties and water grab samples for geochemistry in the laboratory. In addition, to further correlate results, kick sampling for the benthic communities from all 7 sites was performed. The Water Quality Index (WQI) shows a relative degradation in the water quality in the two lakes with respect to both up and down-streams sites.

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Impacts of two Impoundments (Walker and Faylor Lakes) on their Stream Systems in Central PA

In recent years, dams have received extensive scrutiny for their effects on stream and river systems throughout the U.S. Direct land use has also been observed to be a major influence on the water quality of streams and rivers (Robins et al. 1987). The presence of two water impoundments; Walker and Faylor Lakes located respectively on the South and North branches of Middle Creek in Snyder County, Pennsylvania are believed to have a significant effect on the geochemistry and the benthic communities of these two headwater streams. This study focused on measuring onsite physical properties and water grab samples for geochemistry in the laboratory. In addition, to further correlate results, kick sampling for the benthic communities from all 7 sites was performed. The Water Quality Index (WQI) shows a relative degradation in the water quality in the two lakes with respect to both up and down-streams sites.