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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912012/coast-wide-recruitment-dynamics-of-olympia-oysters-reveal-limited-synchrony-and-multiple-predictors-of-failure
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Kerstin Wasson, Brent B Hughes, John S Berriman, Andrew L Chang, Anna K Deck, Paul A Dinnel, Charlie Endris, Michael Espinoza, Sarah Dudas, Matthew C Ferner, Edwin D Grosholz, David Kimbro, Jennifer L Ruesink, Alan C Trimble, Dick Vander Schaaf, Chela J Zabin, Danielle C Zacherl
Recruitment of new propagules into a population can be a critical determinant of adult density. We examined recruitment dynamics in the Olympia oyster (Ostrea lurida), a species occurring almost entirely in estuaries. We investigated spatial scales of interannual synchrony across 37 sites in eight estuaries along 2,500 km of Pacific North American coastline, predicting that high vs. low recruitment years would coincide among neighboring estuaries due to shared exposure to regional oceanographic factors. Such synchrony in recruitment has been found for many marine species and some migratory estuarine species, but has never been examined across estuaries in a species that can complete its entire life cycle within the same estuary...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909849/monitoring-contaminants-of-emerging-concern-from-tertiary-wastewater-treatment-plants-using-passive-sampling-modelled-with-performance-reference-compounds
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Tamanna Sultana, Craig Murray, M Ehsanul Hoque, Chris D Metcalfe
The Lake Simcoe watershed in Ontario, Canada is an important recreational area and a recharge zone for groundwater resources. Lake Simcoe is a relatively shallow lotic system that has been impacted by urban development, recreation, industry and agriculture. As part of a watershed management plan, six wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) located in this catchment basin were selected to measure the inputs of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) of wastewater origin. These WWTPs were recently upgraded to tertiary treatment for phosphorus removal...
December 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904807/pathogen-reduction-co-benefits-of-nutrient-best-management-practices
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Jennifer Richkus, Lisa A Wainger, Mary C Barber
BACKGROUND: Many of the practices currently underway to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment loads entering the Chesapeake Bay have also been observed to support reduction of disease-causing pathogen loadings. We quantify how implementation of these practices, proposed to meet the nutrient and sediment caps prescribed by the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), could reduce pathogen loadings and provide public health co-benefits within the Chesapeake Bay system. METHODS: We used published data on the pathogen reduction potential of management practices and baseline fecal coliform loadings estimated as part of prior modeling to estimate the reduction in pathogen loadings to the mainstem Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay attributable to practices implemented as part of the TMDL...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902715/local-stressors-resilience-and-shifting-baselines-on-coral-reefs
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Matthew McLean, Javier Cuetos-Bueno, Osamu Nedlic, Marston Luckymiss, Peter Houk
Understanding how and why coral reefs have changed over the last twenty to thirty years is crucial for sustaining coral-reef resilience. We used a historical baseline from Kosrae, a typical small island in Micronesia, to examine changes in fish and coral assemblages since 1986. We found that natural gradients in the spatial distribution of fish and coral assemblages have become amplified, as island geography is now a stronger determinant of species abundance patterns, and habitat forming Acropora corals and large-bodied fishes that were once common on the leeward side of the island have become scarce...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900655/monitoring-and-assessment-of-soil-erosion-at-micro-scale-and-macro-scale-in-forests-affected-by-fire-damage-in-northern-iran
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Ali Akbarzadeh, Shoja Ghorbani-Dashtaki, Mehdi Naderi-Khorasgani, Ruth Kerry, Ruhollah Taghizadeh-Mehrjardi
Understanding the occurrence of erosion processes at large scales is very difficult without studying them at small scales. In this study, soil erosion parameters were investigated at micro-scale and macro-scale in forests in northern Iran. Surface erosion and some vegetation attributes were measured at the watershed scale in 30 parcels of land which were separated into 15 fire-affected (burned) forests and 15 original (unburned) forests adjacent to the burned sites. The soil erodibility factor and splash erosion were also determined at the micro-plot scale within each burned and unburned site...
December 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898802/nutrient-cycling-in-grassed-roadside-ditches-and-lawns-in-a-suburban-watershed
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Lauren E McPhillips, Peter M Groffman, Rebecca L Schneider, M Todd Walter
Roadside ditches are ubiquitous in developed landscapes. They are designed to route water from roads for safety, with little consideration of water quality or biogeochemical implications in ditch design and minimal data on environmental impacts. We hypothesize that periodic saturation and nutrient influxes may make roadside ditches hotspots for nitrogen (N) removal via denitrification as well as biological production of the greenhouse gases (GHGs) nitrous oxide (NO), methane (CH), and carbon dioxide (CO). Research sites included 12 grassed ditches and adjacent lawns with varying fertilization in a suburban watershed in central New York, where lawns represented a reference with similar soils as ditches but differing hydrology...
November 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898797/effectiveness-of-livestock-exclusion-in-a-pasture-of-central-north-carolina
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Daniel E Line, Deanna L Osmond, Wesley Childres
Reducing the export of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and sediment from agricultural land in water-supply watersheds is a continuing goal in central North Carolina. The objective of this project was to document the effectiveness of a combination of livestock exclusion fencing and nutrient management implemented on a beef cattle pasture located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The quantity and quality of discharge from two predominantly pasture watersheds were monitored simultaneously for 3.8 yr before and after implementation of the exclusion fencing and nutrient management in the treatment watershed; a control watershed remained unchanged...
November 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898782/prediction-of-pesticide-toxicity-in-midwest-streams
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Megan E Shoda, Wesley W Stone, Lisa H Nowell
The occurrence of pesticide mixtures is common in stream waters of the United States, and the impact of multiple compounds on aquatic organisms is not well understood. Watershed Regressions for Pesticides (WARP) models were developed to predict Pesticide Toxicity Index (PTI) values in unmonitored streams in the Midwest and are referred to as WARP-PTI models. The PTI is a tool for assessing the relative toxicity of pesticide mixtures to fish, benthic invertebrates, and cladocera in stream water. One hundred stream sites in the Midwest were sampled weekly in May through August 2013, and the highest calculated PTI for each site was used as the WARP-PTI model response variable...
November 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889365/characterizing-and-modelling-river-channel-migration-rates-at-a-regional-scale-case-study-of-south-east-france
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Adrien Alber, Hervé Piégay
An increased awareness by river managers of the importance of river channel migration to sediment dynamics, habitat complexity and other ecosystem functions has led to an advance in the science and practice of identifying, protecting or restoring specific erodible corridors across which rivers are free to migrate. One current challenge is the application of these watershed-specific goals at the regional planning scales (e.g., the European Water Framework Directive). This study provides a GIS-based spatial analysis of the channel migration rates at the regional-scale...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888424/export-of-non-point-source-suspended-sediment-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-from-sloping-highland-agricultural-fields-in-the-east-asian-monsoon-region
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Arif Reza, Jaesung Eum, Sungmin Jung, Youngsoon Choi, Jeffrey S Owen, Bomchul Kim
Excess sediment and nutrient export from agricultural fields with steep slopes is a major concern linked to surface water quality in Korea. In this study, the export of suspended sediment (SS), total nitrogen (TN), and total phosphorus (TP) and their event mean concentrations (EMCs) in surface runoff from a highland mixed land use (61% forested, 30% cropped, 9% other) watershed were quantified. In 2007, the Korean Ministry of Environment (MoE) declared the study area as a priority region for non-point source (NPS) pollution management and initiated various best management practices (BMPs) in the study watershed...
December 0: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887824/reconstructing-a-long-term-record-of-microcystins-from-the-analysis-of-lake-sediments
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A Zastepa, Z E Taranu, L E Kimpe, J M Blais, I Gregory-Eaves, R W Zurawell, F R Pick
Based on an analysis of sediment cores from Baptiste Lake (Alberta, Canada), we quantified century-scale trends in cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins, and identified possible drivers of toxigenic cyanobacteria. We measured concentrations of microcystins and pigments preserved in the sediment as proxies of toxigenic cyanobacteria and phytoplankton communities, respectively, while fossil diatom assemblages were used to infer past nutrient concentrations. Microcystins were detected in older sediments (ca. 1800s), pre-dating any significant alteration to the watershed...
November 22, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886584/attributes-of-successful-actions-to-restore-lakes-and-estuaries-degraded-by-nutrient-pollution
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Catharine Gross, James D Hagy
As more success is achieved in restoring lakes and estuaries from the impacts of nutrient pollution, there is increased opportunity to evaluate the scientific, social, and policy factors associated with achieving restoration goals. We examined case studies where deliberate actions to reduce nutrient pollution and restore ecosystems resulted in ecological recovery. Prospective cases were identified from scientific literature and technical documents for lakes and estuaries with: (1) scientific evidence of nutrient pollution; (2) restoration actions taken to mitigate nutrient pollution; and (3) documented ecological improvement...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885387/the-contribution-of-project-environmental-assessment-to-assessing-and-managing-cumulative-effects-individually-and-collectively-insignificant
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Bram Noble, Jialang Liu, Paul Hackett
This paper explores the opportunities and constraints to project-based environmental assessment as a means to support the assessment and management of cumulative environmental effects. A case study of the hydroelectric sector is used to determine whether sufficient information is available over time through project-by-project assessments to support an adequate understanding of cumulative change. Results show inconsistency from one project to the next in terms of the components and indicators assessed, limited transfer of baseline information between project assessments over time, and the same issues and concerns being raised by review panels-even though the projects reviewed are operating in the same watershed and operated by the same proponent...
November 25, 2016: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870035/large-connected-floodplain-forests-prone-to-flooding-best-sustain-plant-diversity
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Sarah E Johnson, Kathryn L Amatangelo, Philip A Townsend, Donald M Waller
Dams, levees, and water withdrawals disrupt hydrologic regimes and associated floodplain forests. Because these forests are also responding to changes in land use, species invasions, and climate change, the relative effects of these factors are hard to disentangle. Most studies of floodplain forests lack historic data, requiring us to rely on recent data or contemporary spatial relationships to these drivers to infer those causes of vegetation dynamics. Here, we use survey data from the 1950s to reconstruct plant community changes across 40 floodplain forests in Wisconsin...
November 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869752/extracting-plant-phenology-metrics-in-a-great-basin-watershed-methods-and-considerations-for-quantifying-phenophases-in-a-cold-desert
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Keirith A Snyder, Bryce L Wehan, Gianluca Filippa, Justin L Huntington, Tamzen K Stringham, Devon K Snyder
Plant phenology is recognized as important for ecological dynamics. There has been a recent advent of phenology and camera networks worldwide. The established PhenoCam Network has sites in the United States, including the western states. However, there is a paucity of published research from semi-arid regions. In this study, we demonstrate the utility of camera-based repeat digital imagery and use of R statistical phenopix package to quantify plant phenology and phenophases in four plant communities in the semi-arid cold desert region of the Great Basin...
November 18, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859882/annual-precipitation-regulates-spatial-and-temporal-drivers-of-lake-water-clarity
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Kevin C Rose, Steven R Greb, Matthew Diebel, Monica G Turner
Understanding how and why lakes vary and respond to different drivers through time and space is needed to understand, predict, and manage freshwater quality in an era of rapidly changing land use and climate. Water clarity regulates many characteristics of aquatic ecosystems and is responsive to watershed features, making it a sentinel of environmental change. However, whether precipitation alters the relative importance of features that influence lake water clarity or the spatial scales at which they operate is unknown...
November 17, 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826821/flash-flood-susceptibility-analysis-and-its-mapping-using-different-bivariate-models-in-iran-a-comparison-between-shannon-s-entropy-statistical-index-and-weighting-factor-models
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Khabat Khosravi, Hamid Reza Pourghasemi, Kamran Chapi, Masoumeh Bahri
Flooding is a very common worldwide natural hazard causing large-scale casualties every year; Iran is not immune to this thread as well. Comprehensive flood susceptibility mapping is very important to reduce losses of lives and properties. Thus, the aim of this study is to map susceptibility to flooding by different bivariate statistical methods including Shannon's entropy (SE), statistical index (SI), and weighting factor (Wf). In this regard, model performance evaluation is also carried out in Haraz Watershed, Mazandaran Province, Iran...
December 0: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822787/ecosystem-services-of-human-dominated-watersheds-and-land-use-influences-a-case-study-from-the-dianchi-lake-watershed-in-china
#18
Ying Hou, Bo Li, Felix Müller, Weiping Chen
Watersheds provide multiple ecosystem services. Ecosystem service assessment is a promising approach to investigate human-environment interaction at the watershed scale. The spatial characteristics of ecosystem services are closely related to land use statuses in human-dominated watersheds. This study aims to investigate the effects of land use on the spatial variations of ecosystem services at the Dianchi Lake watershed in Southwest China. We investigated the spatial variations of six ecosystem services-food supply, net primary productivity (NPP), habitat quality, evapotranspiration, water yield, and nitrogen retention...
December 0: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819304/cyanobacteria-in-lakes-on-yungui-plateau-china-are-assembled-via-niche-processes-driven-by-water-physicochemical-property-lake-morphology-and-watershed-land-use
#19
Jingqiu Liao, Lei Zhao, Xiaofeng Cao, Jinhua Sun, Zhe Gao, Jie Wang, Dalin Jiang, Hao Fan, Yi Huang
Plateau lakes are important ecosystems with diverse ecological functions. Cyanobacteria play a key role in plateau lakes as primary producers. However, they are threatening when dense blooms occur. Identifying cyanobacteiral biogeography and the mechanism of assembly processes shaping the distribution of cyanobacteria in plateau lakes is critical for understanding cyanobacterial ecology and applying it to lake management. In the present study, the biogeographic pattern and importance of neutral and niche processes in assembly of cyanobacteria in 21 lakes on Yungui Plateau, China were examined...
November 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812794/are-urban-stream-restoration-plans-worth-implementing
#20
Auri Sarvilinna, Virpi Lehtoranta, Turo Hjerppe
To manage and conserve ecosystems in a more sustainable way, it is important to identify the importance of the ecosystem services they provide and understand the connection between natural and socio-economic systems. Historically, streams have been an underrated part of the urban environment. Many of them have been straightened and often channelized under pressure of urbanization. However, little knowledge exists concerning the economic value of stream restoration or the value of the improved ecosystem services...
November 3, 2016: Environmental Management
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