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Floyds Fork Watershed Biological Assessments Update Floyds Fork TMDL Public Meeting, February 19, 2013. Kentucky Division of Water Department for Environmental Protection. To Protect and Enhance Kentuckys Environment. Objectives. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<ul><li><p>Floyds Fork Watershed Biological Assessments Update Floyds Fork TMDL Public Meeting, February 19, 2013</p><p>Kentucky Division of WaterDepartment for Environmental ProtectionTo Protect and Enhance Kentuckys Environment</p></li><li><p>ObjectivesAssess the current biological health of selected streams in the watershedIdentify likely causes of biological impairments</p><p>Macro-invertebrates</p><p>Fish</p><p>Algae</p></li><li><p>2012 Sampling Sites</p><p>Floyds Fork mainstem - 4 sitesNorth and South Forks Currys Fork and un-named tributary of South Currys ForkAshers RunUpper Chenoweth RunPope Lick 2 SitesSouth Long RunLong RunPennsylvania RunCedar CreekCane RunBrooks Run</p></li><li><p>2012 Site Visit ActivitiesGeneral field observationsBiological samplingBugs, Fish, AlgaeHabitat AssessmentAssessment of the quality of the habitat available toaquatic organismsVisual algae surveysSurvey of the types and the thickness of algae growing in the stream Chlorophyll-a samplingMeasurement of the amount of algae in the water column</p></li><li><p>Aquatic Life Use Assessment</p><p>KIBI Kentucky Index of Biotic Integrity (fish)MBI Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment Indexpollution tolerant vs. pollution sensitive speciesspecies diversityspecies that require adequate habitat of certain typesScore results fall in a range from Excellent or Good (= Fully Supporting aquatic life use to Fair, Poor or Very Poor (= not Fully Supporting)</p></li><li><p>dominated by a few pollution tolerant speciesdiversity is low and sensitive species are rarepersistently high levels of algaelow oxygen or widely changing oxygennutrients high compared to most streams that fully support aquatic life use Indicators of Nutrients and Organic Enrichment</p></li><li><p>Cane RunFishEXCELLENTMacroinvertebratesGOOD</p></li><li><p>Floyds Fork lower sectionsFishGOOD to EXCELLENTMacroinvertebratesEXCELLENT</p></li><li><p>North Fork Currys ForkMacroinvertebratesFAIR</p></li><li><p>Brooks RunMacroinvertebratesFAIR</p></li><li><p>Green = Full Support Red = Impaired, causes include Nutrients and/or Organic EnrichmentBlack = Impaired, other causesPurple = Undetermined impairment or causes</p><p>2012 Biological Sampling ResultsPennsylvania Run</p></li><li><p>Green = Full Support Red = Impaired, causes include Nutrients and/or Organic EnrichmentBlack = Impaired, other causesPurple = Undetermined impairment or causes</p><p>Candidate Impairments Feb 2013</p></li><li><p>2013-4 Activities</p><p>Additional sampling to resolve Undetermined impairmentsBiological sampling in remaining streams previously listed for nutrient/organic enrichment impairments</p><p>*</p></li></ul>

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