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UNM WR 573 Fall 2021 - Rio Grande data

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DOI: 10.4211/hs.812a28a8a2814eac9760e34737c54fa2
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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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Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:
WGS 84 EPSG:4326
Coordinate Units:
Decimal degrees
Place/Area Name:
Rio Grande near the San Antonio Oxbow
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South Latitude
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UNM WR 573: Field Methods Fall 2021 Wesley Noe · Kambray Townsend · Brennan Davis · Annalise Porter · Christopher Traft · Lindsey Rotche · Natalie Gayoso · Mollie Hanttula · Becky Bixby · Ryan Webb  Published Open Access



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Name Organization Address Phone Author Identifiers
Natalie Gayoso University of New Mexico NM, US
Kambray Townsend University of New Mexico New Mexico, US
Lindsey Rotche University of New Mexico NM, US
Brennan Davis University of New Mexico New Mexico (NM), US
Ryan Webb University of New Mexico New Mexico, US
Annalise Porter University of New Mexico New Mexico, US
Becky Bixby University of New Mexico New Mexico, US
Christopher Traft University of New Mexico NM, US
Mollie Hanttula UNM New Mexico, US

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Noe, W., K. Townsend, B. Davis, A. Porter, C. Traft, L. Rotche, N. Gayoso, B. Bixby, R. Webb, M. Hanttula (2021). UNM WR 573 Fall 2021 - Rio Grande data, HydroShare,

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