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The hydrology, chemistry, and biology of a stream are strongly interconnected, and must all be considered when assessing the overall state of a water body. In this investigation, we seek to answer the following research question:
What are the differences in water quality and quantity between a rural headwater stream and an urban main-stem river?
For our investigation, we measured, analyzed, and compared water quality and quantity characteristics in a rural headwater stream (Las Huertas Creek, abbreviated as LH) and an urban main-stem river (The Rio Grande, abbreviated as RG) located near and in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At each of our two locations, we measured water quality and quantity at a downstream site (abbreviated as D), a midstream site (abbreviated as M), and an upstream site (abbreviated as U) for a total of six sites in our study. We defined these areas as the location abbreviation followed by the site abbreviation; for example, the Las Huertas Downstream site was defined as LH_D while the Rio Grande Upstream site was defined as RG_U.
To answer our research question, we measured hydrologic, chemical, and biological parameters at each of our six sites. For hydrology, we measured discharge and soil hydraulic conductivity; for chemistry, we measured temperature, specific conductivity, conductivity, total dissolved solids, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, alkalinity, anions, and cations; for biology, we measured chlorophyll a, benthic macroinvertebrates, organic matter, and riparian vegetation. Below is a description of our study locations and our parameter methods followed by parameter results and a discussion.
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|Brennan Davis||University of New Mexico||New Mexico (NM), US|
|Ryan Webb||University of New Mexico||New Mexico, US|
|Mollie Hanttula||UNM||New Mexico, US|
|Christopher Traft||University of New Mexico||NM, US|
|Annalise Porter||University of New Mexico||New Mexico, US|
|Lindsey Rotche||University of New Mexico||NM, US|
|Natalie Gayoso||University of New Mexico||NM, US|
|Kambray Townsend||University of New Mexico||New Mexico, US|
|Becky Bixby||University of New Mexico||New Mexico, US|
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