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The aquatic ecosystems of North Georgia are constantly under pressures related to human activity. Understanding the effects, both positive and negative, of certain structures and activities on the diversity of aquatic fauna and stream health can provide useful insights for future conservation and maintenance practices. In this study, we focused on a segment of Hurricane Creek running along a loblolly pine forest in Lumpkin County, Georgia, scheduled for clearing in the fall of 2018. Following Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) protocols and regulations, 250 fish representing 19 species were captured and identified using backpack electro fishers and nets within a 260-meter stretch. The assemblage is dominated by insectivorous cyprinid fish, indicative of a healthy aquatic habitat. Utilizing an aquatic vertebrate index of biotic integrity (IBI) on the sample gathered in correlation with parameters such as pH and a riffle/run habitat assessment, we determined that Hurricane Creek can be classified as in good health based on the IBI in the section we assessed. Given the projected future developmental activity along the stream segment investigated here, our preliminary assessment provides important quantitative, baseline data that can be used to measure the impact tree clearing, as well as other anthropogenic activities, has on the overall health and diversity of this aquatic ecosystem in the future.


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  • Subject
    • Biology

  • Institution
    • Dahlonega

  • Event location
    • Nesbitt 3110

  • Event date
    • 23 March 2018

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      Jessica Patterson