Dug Run Essay
October 13, 2017
Introduction In this paper I will discussing how the water quality differs between the two separate locations within Dug Run. I will be discussing concepts like water quality which to the chemical, physical, biological, and radiological characteristics of water, using organisms to determine water quality which includes how well the water can maintain organisms in the water and how many organism it can hold, and using water chemistry to determine water quality which is using the different types of elements are in the water in the stream. Dug Run is a stream located on campus at the University of Northwestern Ohio. All of the samples were collected …show more content…
Macroinvertebrates are aquatic animal with no backbone, they are found just about everywhere ( Ancog, R et. al., 2010). The fish in this study are just the fish found at both locations within Dug Run, I will talk about how the effect the water quality also. The water chemistry variables are the elements found within the stream, and how they affect the water quality within Dug Run.
This study helped determine how well the water quality is in the stream Dug Run within the two separate locations. It showed how well the water could hold organisms and how the macroinvertebrates, fish and water chemistry variables affect the water quality and how they either help or hurt the water …show more content…
The salt concentration in a fish is around 0.5 percent higher than the water in lives in, so the fish’s body is constantly struggling to maintain that salt percentage in its body (Swann, n.d.). With this being said, when fish are put into a freshwater area, they release all of that salt in their bodies when they urine and breathe, which in result could lead to the water quality of the stream being thrown off. Macroinvertebrates are a huge part of the water quality in streams. In the Dug Run study, we collected eleven types of macroinvertebrates from the two different sites within Dug Run. These macroinvertebrates include damselfly nymph, dragonfly nymph, caddisfly larvae, may fly larvae, crayfish, clams, aquatic worms, midge larvae, lymnaeid snails, leeches and flatworms.
Table 2 shows the collected macroinvertebrates from the two separate collection sites within Dug Run. Site 1 - Near Confluence with Ottowa River Site 2- UNOH Campus Macroinvertebrates Number Collected Number