Hydrologic alterations in contaminated streams and the influence of the hyporheic zone in contaminant bioavailability

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Project Abstract: 
As the effects of climate change and watershed development compound upon aquatic ecosystems, biotic communities are forced to persist under altered flow regimes or perish. This research aims to explore how altered flows may impact benthic organisms, specifically in areas with contaminated sediments. The hyporheic zone may offer a zone of refugia to organisms. Unfortunately, few studies have analyzed the biological importance of hyporheic fluxes in streams. The more we can learn about the effects of hydrologic alterations and the influence of the hyporheic zone to in-stream organisms, the more can be done in the future with stream restoration and management.
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