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Investigating human impacts on stream ecology: locally and nationally

Author(s): Emily C Pollina

Westfield State University

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TIEE Module- How does nutrient pollution impact stream ecosystems locally and nationally? This is an adaptation of the module that includes statistical testing and links sections to a lab report writing.

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Version 1.0 - published on 30 Jul 2020 doi:10.25334/ZJ6E-D163 - cite this

Adapted from: Investigating human impacts on stream ecology: locally and nationally v 1.0



Organic nutrients, land cover, biological indicators, macroinvertebrate index, stream ecosystem structure and function


  • Explore maps of streams and land use in the US
  • Analyze national water quality data sets from the US Environmental Protection Agency at regional and national scales
  • Perform descriptive statistics, t-tests, and create box plots and line graphs with best-fit lines
  • Relate water quality with land use
  • Relate water quality with stream ecology
  • Write the introduction, results, and discussion of a lab report.

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