Journal article

Interactive effects of urban stormwater drainage, land clearance, and flow regime on stream macroinvertebrate assemblages across a large metropolitan region

Christopher J Walsh, J Angus Webb

FRESHWATER SCIENCE | UNIV CHICAGO PRESS | Published : 2016

Abstract

Urban impacts on streams are mediated by alteration of land cover and subsurface drainage. UnderstanDing interactions of these 2 effects is critical for urban land and water management. We used boosted regression trees to analyze relationships between environmental predictors, incluDing land-cover measures that indicate urban impacts, and Stream Invertebrate Grade Number Average Level (SIGNAL) or the occurrence of 60 macroinvertebrate families across the Melbourne (Australia) region. SIGNAL and 51 families were negatively correlated with attenuated imperviousness (AI). Twenty-four families exhibited a steep decline in probability of occurrence between 0 and ?3% AI, consistent across the rang..

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