Effects of Land-use Change on Sediment Transport and Fish Assemblage Structure in Southern Appalachian Streams
Sutherland, Andrew B.
Meyer, Judy L.
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We examined the relationship between land use, sediment transport and fish in four Appalachian streams. There was a significant increase in suspended load, and substrate embeddedness with increasing non-forested land use. There was also a strong negative correlation between non-forested land use and relative abundance of fishes requiring clean gravel for spawning. Finally, we established a relationship between NTU and TSS for Blue Ridge streams.