James A. Gore Professor: Environmental Science, Policy, and Geography
Deby Cassil, Ph.D. Associate Professor: College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Florida's Rivers have undergone substantial change since the early 201 h century. Urbanization, mass agriculture, and phosphate mining have affected many watersheds across Florida, and the Peace River Watershed is no exception (Nordlie 1990). With altered flow patterns, agricultural and mining runoff, and loss of habitat, the . environmental integrity of the Peace River is in decline (Florida Department of Environmental Protection [FDEP] 2007). As environmental integrity of an aquatic system such as the Peace River declines, environmental monitoring and analysis becomes critical. Monitoring of water quality is traditionally abiotic and chemical and includes measurements of organic pollutants, turbidity, pH, and conductivity (FDEP 2006). Measurements of this type can tell scientists much about the abiotic (non-living) aspects of a !otic (flowing water) system, however biotic integrity is difficult to determine without habitat and biological assessment.
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