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Moore, A., Palmer,M. 2005. Invertebrate Biodiversity in Agricultural and Urban Headwater Streams: Implications for Conservation and Management. Ecological Applications.Ecological Society of America, Washington, DC. Volume 15. Page 1169.
agriculture, biological, conservation, development, impacts, riparian buffers, urban
This study investigated the patterns of stream macroinvertebrate community structure along a gradient of agriculture to urban development, and the patterns among urban streams that vary in the amount of intact riparian buffer. Twenty nine small headwater streams were sampled in 2001 and 2002 in Montgomery County, MD. The findings suggest that the preservation of agricultural land from development may help conserve stream invertebrate biodiversity, and that the maintenance of riparian forests may help alleviate ecological disturbances that might otherwise limit macroinvertebrate survival.