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WaterQualityAnswerKey WaterQuality Factor Definethewaterqualityfactor (Whatdoesittellusaboutthe waterquality?) Istheoxygeninwaterthatis availabletoaquaticorganisms Whatcauseshighorlow readings?Howdohighand lowreadingsimpactwater quality? Howdowetestforthis waterqualityfactor?

Dissolved Oxygen

HighLevelscanbecausedby Probesandchemicaltest coolwatertemperaturesand kits movingwater(riffleareas) LowLevelscanbecausedby highwatertemperatures,or highCO2level(eutrophic conditions)

pH

Isameasureofhowbasicor acidicaliquidis. GoodpHlevelsforwater qualityarearoundneutral(7).

LowpHcanbecausedby Probes,chemicaltestkits highlevelsofCo2 oreutrophicconditions(dead zones) AcidraincancausepHlevels tolower.

Turbidity

Isameasureofhowclearor cloudywateris

Highlevelsofturbidityare causedfromrunoffand severestorms

TurbidityProbe

WaterQuality Factor

Definethewaterqualityfactor (Whatdoesittellusaboutthe waterquality?) arenutrientsorfoodforplants. Goodwaterqualityhaslow levelsofphosphateand nitrates

Whatcauseshighorlow readings?Howdohighand lowreadingsimpactwater quality? Highlevelsofnitratesand phosphatescauseexcessive algae(plant)growthinwater. Thisleadstohighturbidity levelsandeutrophic conditions.Highlevelscan becausedbysewageor agriculturalrunoff Lowlevelsarefoundingood waterquality. Highlevelsmeansthatthere aremanydifferentspeciesof macroinvertebratesfoundin thewaterbodyandthewater qualityisgood. Lowlevelsmeanthatthe waterqualitymaybe unhealthyandchemical testingneedstobedoneto determinewaterqualtiy

Howdowetestforthis waterqualityfactor?

Nitrates/ Phosphates

Chemicaltestkits

Bioindicator arelivingorganismsthatwe usetodeterminethequalityof water. Weusemacroinvertebratesto assessthewaterqualityof BolinCreek.

Macroinvertebratedata collection

Runoff

iswhenstormwaterquickly movesoverland

Highlevelsofrunofffrom Byobservingthelandfor severestormcausehigh areaslackingvegetation turbiditylevelsandpoorwater quality.

Temperature

Howhotorcoldasubstanceis. Hightemperaturesofwater causelowdissolvedoxygen Waterhasahighspecificheat levels. soittakesmoreenergytoheat itup. Lowertemperatureofwater allowswatertoholdmore dissolvedoxygen

Temperatureprobes