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Georgia Journal of Science

Abstract

Using Georgia Adopt-A-Stream’s (AAS) volunteer macroinvertebrate monitoring protocol, we examined how several streams’ macroinvertebrate communities differed with the land usage surrounding each stream reach. Our study sites included various headwater streams and larger tributaries of the South River within the upper Ocmulgee watershed. We sampled at different locations from January 2007 through June 2007 in a parking lot, in a wetland, several forests, and suburban parks within Clayton, Henry, and Rockdale counties, including Panther Creek, Big Cotton Indian Creek, Bush Creek, Martin Creek, and an unnamed tributary of Alexander’s Lake at Panola Mountain State Park. Sites in parking lots and suburban parks had macroinvertebrate communities which scored in the poor range on the AAS scale, whereas sites in forests and wetlands scored in the range considered fair or good.

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