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
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..View full abstract
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This study was funded by Melbourne Water, through the Melbourne Waterway Research-Practice Partnership. We thank Rhys Coleman and Edward Tsyrlin for commissioning and supporting it. This paper has been greatly improved by suggestions from Robert Smith, Yung En Chee, Nick Bond, and 2 anonymous reviewers.