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Assessing the Condition of Lake Superior Rocky Coastlines

Researchers will develop a more cost-effective method for monitoring   the macroinvertebrate communities (spineless insects, worms, etc.)   living on rocky surfaces in Lake Superior by using artificial   substrates (baskets of cobble). The researchers will compare this   sampling method to more traditional methods and will refine their   method to assess aquatic invertebrate community responses to   shoreland development at seven sites along Minnesota shoreline.   Traditional monitoring methods involve taking grab samples of   sediment, which does not work on the hard surfaces that make up more   than half of Lake Superior's nearshore areas. Researchers will use   the data to establish benchmarks of environmental conditions for   Minnesota's Lake Superior rocky shores.

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Valerie BradyPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 1 projects
Lucinda JohnsonResearcher
Associated with 4 projects
Agencies
Michigan Sea Grant College Program $ 80,000.00USDEstimates

Funding 2 projects for a total of $163,000.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Community
Ecosystem
Landscape
Impact of Pollutants
Nutrients, Including Phosphorus
Land Use and Habitat
Shoreline
Resource Management
Fisheries
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Superior
State Province
Minnesota
Annex Numbers
Surveillance and Monitoring
General
Annex

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