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A survey of the effects of Castor canadensis dams on the east branch of the Maple River.

By Peter Goodspeed, Meredith Luneack and Maxwell Mikelic

Abstract

Rivers, Lakes, & WetlandsBeaver dams have major impacts on stream morphology, including riparian zone loss, a reduction in plant and forest biomass, an increase in upstream sedimentation, and the creation of wetland conditions upstream. This study examines a number of physical and water quality measurements at twelve dams on a portion of the east branch of the Maple River, and looks to observe and analyze any potential implications, such as macroinvertebrate diversity, stream flow alteration, and the creation of denitrifying anaerobic zones. The purpose of this study is to construct a general survey of beaver dams in this area and their effects

Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:deepblue.lib.umich.edu:2027.42/88215

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