Dammed if you do or dammed if you don't? Exploring the effects of dams on aquatic food websLatest update June 24, 2019 Started on June 5, 2019
We will quantify the primary producers (algae and macrophytes) that grow on the bed of the Klamath River prior to the largest dam removal in history to understand how dams influence aquatic food webs from the bottom up.
Excited to be out in the field again! The Klamath River water level is quite high after a heavy precipitation winter, but the water is looking clear. Getting ready to begin surveying the benthic algae and macrophytes this week, and start comparing our in situ surveys to the aerial drone imagery. An underwater drone could really turn help facilitate an incredible survey field season!
The survey quadrants are ready! These will help us identify species of algae and macrophytes that grow on the bottom of the Klamath River. It looks like they are very visible from our aerial drone imagery, and we hope that an underwater drone would be able to improve our ability to survey these underwater quadrants for our primary producer biomass research this summer.
The Klamath River is slated to experience the largest dam removal in history in 2021. The removal of four dams along this river is largely motivated by the political activism of local tribes and environmental organizations, and is expected to positively impact the ecology of this ecosystem, including the primary producers (such as algae and macrophytes) that provide the foundation for aquatic food webs. Our research team will explore and quantify the primary producers that proliferate downstream of these dams prior to removal to provide baseline information for future ecological restoration efforts.
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