Stream Fishes Estimate Water Quality in Dayton-Montgomery County Park District Reserves
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science. v90, n5 (December, 1990), 146-151
Information on fish communities within seven streams and rivers in or near Dayton-Montgomery County Park District reserves was collected and analyzed to compile a preliminary species list for Park District waters and to estimate water quality of the streams. Fifty-two species of fishes were found in lotic habitats in or near the reserves, and more extensive sampling likely will reveal the presence of additional species. Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scoring of the fish communities indicated that water quality within the reserves ranged from fair to exceptional. It would appear that improvements of water quality and fish communities within the reserves may require changes in wastewater treatment outfalls and stream drainage land-use practices.
Author Institution: Department of Zoology, Miami University-Middletown
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