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Queenstown Creek: Land Use Vs. Water Quality
Queenstown Creek and its environment have made very noticeable changes over the past fifteen years. The land has been rural for a very long time. The residential areas have enlarged considerably in those fifteen years. I have participated in the CMS water quality program for approximately one and a half years, and I have learned how environmental changes can affect water quality. My monitoring station is Queenstown Creek. This helps me to be concerned about my home town where I see many changes that can possibly harm the surrounding environment.
Does the type of land use affect the water quality of Queenstown Creek? I have divided this question up into three smaller problems: has land use changed, has water quality differed from in the past, and does land affect the water quality? The data ranges from 1986 to 1999. Dissolved oxygen, pH, salinity, secchi disc, and nitrates are the variables that are being tested.
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