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dc.contributor.authorMuenz, Tara K.en_US
dc.contributor.authorOpsahl, Stephen P.en_US
dc.contributor.authorGolladay, Stephen W.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-03T19:08:49Z
dc.date.available2013-07-03T19:08:49Z
dc.date.issued2007-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/48205
dc.descriptionProceedings of the 2007 Georgia Water Resources Conference, March 27-29, 2007, Athens, Georgia.en_US
dc.description.abstractStreams of the Flint River Basin (FRB) remain as viable habitat for many freshwater species and harbor some of the most diverse mussel assemblages in the Southeast. However, land use changes, hydrologic alterations, and declines in native fish species have adversely affected mussel diversity and abundance throughout the region. Protection of rare and sensitive mussels requires the development of timely conservation strategies, supported by knowledge of current riparian and instream habitat conditions that impact their survival and recovery. We examined habitat conditions and selected water quality parameters at 81 stream sites that have historically supported populations of freshwater mussel species in the Basin. Higher nutrient, sediment, and bacterial concentrations were observed in the upper portion (Piedmont) of the Basin, which is characterized by higher gradient streams and percentages of urban land use. Sites in the lower section of the Basin (Fall Line Hills and Coastal Plain) maintained better quality riparian habitat including a larger buffer zone width, greater bank stability, and more vegetative cover. Overall, mussel habitat quality appeared good throughout the Basin. Physicochemical parameters and riparian habitat quality were influenced both by regional geologic differences and patterns of human activity.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSponsored and Organized by: U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, The University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityThis book was published by the Institute of Ecology, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-2202. The views and statements advanced in this publication are solely those of the authors and do not represent official views or policies of The University of Georgia, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Georgia Water Research Institute as authorized by the Water Resources Research Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-397) or the other conference sponsors.
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesGWRI2007. Riverbasin and Stream Studiesen_US
dc.subjectWater resources managementen_US
dc.subjectFlint River basinen_US
dc.subjectMussel habitaten_US
dc.subjectLand use changesen_US
dc.subjectHydrologic alterationsen_US
dc.subjectNative fish species declineen_US
dc.titleCurrent Conditions of Historical Mussel Habitat in the Flint River Basin, Georgiaen_US
dc.typeProceedingsen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameJoseph W. Jones Ecological Research Centeren_US
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