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Stream Ecosystem Assessment Group 1. Camp Caesar August 2003. Group 1 Study Sites. Birch River Craig’s Run Big Rough Run South Fork Cranberry River. Birch River – General Description. Watershed Elk River 48.41 km^2 Mixed (Ag., Forest, Residential) Moderate NPS; low local erosion

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group 1 study sites
Group 1 Study Sites
  • Birch River
  • Craig’s Run
  • Big Rough Run
  • South Fork Cranberry River
birch river general description
Birch River – General Description
  • Watershed
    • Elk River
    • 48.41 km^2
    • Mixed (Ag., Forest, Residential)
    • Moderate NPS; low local erosion
  • 3rd Order
  • Perennial
  • Coldwater stream
  • LB: Forest (Sycamore, Alder);RB: Narrow Riparian Zone (due to road)
  • Low LWD
  • Aquatic Veg. (Sedge: 2%, Biofilm: 85%)
  • Sediment Type – Boulder/Cobble Bed
birch river general description1
Birch River – General Description
  • Geology
    • Stream origin: Non-Glacial Montane
    • Rock types:
      • Pottsville sandstone – low buffering cap.
      • Conemaugh shale – moderate buffering cap.
birch river general description2
Birch River – General Description
  • Sampling Conditions
    • Cloud Cover: 90%
    • Air Temp: 75 F
    • Hvy rainfall in last several days
  • Visual Condition
    • High canopy cover
    • Low erosion stream banks adj. road
birch river stream flow
Birch River - Stream Flow
  • Channel Data
    • Wetted width = 9 m
    • Avg depth = 0.28 m
    • Cross sectional area = 2.45 m^2
    • Avg velocity = 0.36 m^2
  • Discharge Q = 1.05 m^3/sec
birch river epa rapid visual habitat assessment
Birch RiverEPA Rapid Visual Habitat Assessment
  • Epifaunal Substrate/Vegetative Cover
  • Embeddedness
  • Velocity/Depth Regime
  • Sediment Deposition
  • Channel Flow Status
  • Channel Alteration
  • Frequency of Riffles
  • Bank Stability
  • Vegetative Protection
  • Riparian Vegetative Zone Width

15

14

20

15

17

13

20

9/9

6/6

7/5

Total = 156 (78%)

group 1 4 sue byrd renee fleshman
Group 1.4Sue Byrd & Renee Fleshman

Big Rough Run

Stream Assessment

big rough run general description
Big Rough RunGeneral Description
  • Cranberry River
  • 6.99 km2 basin area (1.05 m3/s)
  • Pottsville Sandstone
  • Cranberry Wilderness
  • Impacted by road
big rough run water quality
Big Rough RunWater Quality
  • pH= 4.96
  • Conductivity = 27 µs/cm3
  • Total Hardness = 34 mg/l CaCO3
  • Alkalinity = 0 mg/l CaCO3
  • Indicates sterile acidic conditions
big rough run epa rapid visual habitat assessment
Big Rough RunEPA Rapid Visual Habitat Assessment
  • Epifaunal Substrate/Vegetative Cover
  • Embeddedness
  • Velocity/Depth Regime
  • Sediment Deposition
  • Channel Flow Status
  • Channel Alteration
  • Frequency of Riffles
  • Bank Stability
  • Vegetative Protection
  • Riparian Vegetative Zone Width

19

12

16

9

7

12

20

7/7

9/9

9/6

Total = 142 (71%)

craigs run general description
Craigs Run – General Description
  • Williams/Gauley Watershed
  • 8.71 km2 Basin Area (Discharge = 0.04m3/s)
  • Forest Land Use (Monongahela National Forest)
  • Aggrading Stream: Cobble/Gravel
  • Mauch Chunk & Pottsville Geology
craigs run water quality
Craigs Run – Water Quality
  • pH – 7.47
  • Conductivity – 32 microsiemens/cm^3
  • Total Hardness – 17 mg/L CaCO3
  • Alkalinity – 20 mg/L CaCO3
  • Data Indicates Relatively Sterile Basin
craigs run epa rapid visual habitat assessment
Craigs RunEPA Rapid Visual Habitat Assessment
  • Epifaunal Substrate/Vegetative Cover
  • Embeddedness
  • Velocity/Depth Regime
  • Sediment Deposition
  • Channel Flow Status
  • Channel Alteration
  • Frequency of Riffles
  • Bank Stability
  • Vegetative Protection
  • Riparian Vegetative Zone Width

18

19

10

5

7

14

19

6/4

8/8

10/10

Total = 138 (69%)

stream ecosystem assessment group 1 3 g boyd a dobson d redgate

Stream Ecosystem AssessmentGroup 1.3(G. Boyd, A. Dobson, D. Redgate)

South Fork Cranberry River

August 2003

south fork cranberry river general description
South Fork Cranberry River – General Description
  • Cranberry River
  • 45.81 km2 basin area (1.07 m3/s)
  • Mauch Chunk Shale & Sandstone
  • Cranberry Wilderness
  • Dominated by headwater bog – humic acids
south fork cranberry river water quality
South Fork Cranberry River – Water Quality
  • pH= 7.53
  • Conductivity = 34.75 µs/cm3 (Average)
  • Total Hardness = 1 mg/l CaCO3
  • Alkalinity = 0.4 mg/l CaCO3
  • Circum-neutral, softwater stream
south fork cranberry river epa rapid visual habitat assessment
South Fork Cranberry River -EPA Rapid Visual Habitat Assessment
  • Epifaunal Substrate/Vegetative Cover
  • Embeddedness
  • Velocity/Depth Regime
  • Sediment Deposition
  • Channel Flow Status
  • Channel Alteration
  • Frequency of Riffles
  • Bank Stability
  • Vegetative Protection
  • Riparian Vegetative Zone Width

16

16

15

15

16

17

19

9/8

9/9

9/9

Total = 166 (83%)

summary
Summary
  • Birch River
  • Craig’s Run
  • Big Rough Run
  • South Fork Cranberry River