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Stream impacts start at earliest stages of urban development

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Aquatic diversity diminishes quickly

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Streams are much more sensitive to development impacts than previously believed, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. The research shows that  loss of sensitive species in streams starts at the initial stages of urban development. For example, by the time urban development had approached 20 percent in watersheds in the New England area, the aquatic invertebrate community had undergone a change in species composition of about 25 percent. Continue reading

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