Data Set (knb-lter-sbc.66.4)

SBC LTER: Nutrient concentrations and algae cover in the Ventura River catchment, California, 2008

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These methods, instrumentation and/or protocols apply to all data in this dataset:

Protocols and/or Procedures

Methods are described in the paper:

Klose, K., Cooper, S. D., Leydecker, A. D. and Kreitler, J. 2012. Relationships among catchment land use and concentrations of nutrients, algae, and dissolved oxygen in a southern California river. Freshwater Science, 2012, 31(3):908-927

Instrument(s): Lachat QuikChem 8000, Lachat Instruments, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Instrument(s): Skalar Formacs HT TOC/TN Analyzer, Skalar Incorporated, Buford, Georgia
Instrument(s): inductively-coupled plasma atomic emmision spectrometry (ICP-AES), Thermo Jarrell Ash Corporation, Franklin, Massachusetts
Sampling Area and Study Extent
Sampling Description:

We selected sites along a gradient of percent human land use in the catchment. We chose 15 sites for algal and nutrient surveys, 10 on the main stem of the Ventura River (ST1-10), 3 reference sites above most human influences in the upper catchment (REF11-13), and 2 sites on downstream tributaries (DT1-2). Six mainstem sites (ST1-6) were below the Ojai Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), and 4 mainstem sites (ST7-10) were above the WWTP.

We sampled twice at each site (16 May - 5 June [June] and 31 August - 6 September [September] 2008). We established 10 equally spaced (10 m apart) cross- stream transects at each site and measured macroalgal % cover and chl a, water depth, substratum size, % open canopy, and water velocity along each transect (modified SWAMP Bioassessment Procedures 2007).

Sampling Area And Frequency: