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Publications of the Effects of Urbanization on Streams Studies

Complete list of NAWQA publications, including all urban-related publications

2012

Beaulieu, K.M., Bell, A.H., and Coles, J.F., 2012, Variability in stream chemistry in relation to urban development and biological condition in seven metropolitan areas of the United States, 1999–2004: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5170, 27 p.

Bryant, W.L., and Carlisle, D.M., 2012, The relative importance of physicochemical factors to stream biological condition in urbanizing basins: evidence from multimodel inference: Journal of Freshwater Science, v. 31, no. 1, p. 154-166.

Kashuba, R.O., McMahon, Gerard, Cuffney, T.F., Qian, S., Reckhow, K., Gerritsen, J., and Davies, S., 2012, Linking urbanization to the Biological Condition Gradient (BCG) for stream ecosystems in the Northeastern United States using a Bayesian network approach: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012-5030, 48 p.

Knight, R.R., and Cuffney, T.F., 2012, Invertebrate response to changes in streamflow hydraulics in two urban areas in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5035, 19 p.

Moran, P.W., Calhoun, D.L., Nowell, L.H., Kemble, N.E., Ingersoll, C.G., Hladik, M.L., Kuivila, K.M., Falcone, J., and Gilliom, R.J., 2012, Contaminants in stream sediments from seven U.S. metropolitan areas—Data summary of a national pilot: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011–5092, 55 p.

Qian, S.S., and T.F. Cuffney, T.F, and McMahon, Gerard, 2012. Multinonmial regression for analyzing macroinvertebrate assemblage composition data. Journal of Freshwater Science v. 31, no. 3, p. 681–694.

Qian, S.S., and T.F. Cuffney. 2012. To threshold or not to threshold? That's the question. Ecological Indicators. 15(1):1-9.

Terziotti, Silvia, McMahon, Gerard, Bell, A.H., 2012, Representation of regional urban development conditions using a watershed-based gradient study design: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5070, 109 p.

2011

Cuffney, T.F., Kashuba, R.O., Qian, S.S., Alameddine, I., Cha, Y.K., Lee, B., Coles, J.F., and McMahon, G., 2011 Multilevel regression models describing regional patterns of invertebrate and algal responses to urbanization across the United States: Journal of the North American Benthological Society. v. 30, no. 3, p 779–786.

Wehmeyer, L.L, Weirich, F.H., and Cuffney, T.F. 2011. Effect of land cover change on runoff curve number estimation in Iowa, 1832-2001. Ecohydrology 4(2):315-321.

2010

Coles, J.F., Cuffney, T.F., McMahon, G., and Rosiu, C.J., 2010, Judging a brook by its cover - the relation between ecological condition of a stream and urban land cover in New England, Northeastern Naturalist 17(1): 29-48.

Cuffney, T.F., Brightbill, R.A., May, J.T., and Waite, IR., 2010, Responses of benthic macroinvertebrates to environmental changes associated with urbanization in nine metropolitan area, Ecological Applications, 20(5): 1384–1401.

Fitzpatrick, F.A., and Peppler, M.C., 2010, Relation of urbanization to stream habitat and geomorphic characteristics in nine metropolitan areas of the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5056, 29 p.

Goodbred, S.L., Bryant, W.L, Rosen, M.R., Alvarez, David, and Spencer, Terri, 2009, How useful are the “other” semipermeable membrane devices (SPMDs); the mini-unit (15.2 cm long)? Science of the Total Environment, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2009.02.037

Kashuba, Roxolana, Cha, YoonKyung, Alameddine, Ibrahim, Lee, Boknam, and Cuffney, T.F., 2010, Multilevel hierarchical modeling of benthic macroinvertebrate responses to urbanization in nine metropolitan regions across the conterminous United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009–5243, 88 p.

Qian, S.S., Cuffney, T.F., Alameddine, Ibrahim, McMahon, Gerard, and Reckhow, K.H., 2010, On the application of multilevel modeling in environmental and ecological studies, Ecology, 91(2): 355-361.

Reckhow, K.H., 2010, Bayesian networks for the assessment of the effects of urbanization on stream macroinvertebrates, Proceedings of 43rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), January 2010, 10.1109/HICSS.2010.80.

Richards, K.D., Scudder, B.C., Fitzpatrick, F.A., Steuer, J.J., Bell, A.H., Peppler, M.C., Stewart, J.S., and Harris, M.A., 2010, Effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems along an agriculture-to-urban land-use gradient, Milwaukee to Green Bay, Wisconsin, 2003–2004: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006–5101–E, 210 p.

Riva-Murray, Karen, Riemann, Rachel, Murdoch, Peter, Fisher, J.M., and Brightbill, Robin, 2010, Landscape characteristics affecting streams in urbanizing regions of the Delaware River Basin (New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, U.S.), Landscape Ecology, DOI 10.1007/s10980-010-9513-y

Steuer, J.J, 2010, A generalized watershed disturbance-invertebrate relation applicable in a range of environmental settings across the continental United States, Urban Ecosystems, DOI: 10.1007/s11252-010-0131-x.

Steuer, J.J. Stensvold, K.A., and Gregory, M.B., 2010, Determination of biologically significant hydrologic condition metrics in urbanizing watersheds: an empirical analysis over a range of environmental settings, Hydrobiologia, 10.1007/s10750-010-0362-0.

2009

Brown, L.R. Cuffney, T.F., Coles, J.F., Fitzpatrick, Faith, McMahon, Gerard, Steuer, J.J., Bell, A.H., and May, J.T., 2009, Urban streams across the USA: lessons learned from studies in 9 metropolitan areas, J. N. Am. Benthol. Soc., 28(4):1051–1069.

Brown, L.R., Gregory, M.B., and May, J.T., 2009, Relation of urbanization to stream fish assemblages and species traits in nine metropolitan areas of the United States, Urban Ecosystems, DOI 10.1007/s11252-009-0082-2.

Coles, J.F., Bell, A.H., Scudder, B.C., and Carpenter, K.D., 2009, The effects of urbanization and other environmental gradients on algal assemblages in nine metropolitan areas across the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5022, 18 p.

Cuffney, T.F., and Falcone, J.A., 2009, Derivation of nationally consistent indices representing urban intensity within and across nine metropolitan areas of the conterminous United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5095, 36 p.

Giddings, E.M.P., Bell, A.H., Beaulieu, K.M., Cuffney, T.F., Coles, J.F., Brown, L.R., Fitzpatrick, F.A., Falcone, James, Sprague, L.A., Bryant, W.L., Peppler, M.C., Stephens, Cory, and McMahon, Gerard, 2009, Selected physical, chemical, and biological data used to study urbanizing streams in nine metropolitan areas of the United States, 1999–2004: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 423, 11 p. + data tables.

Moring, J.B., 2009, Effects of urbanization on the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of small Blackland Prairie streams in and near the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, Texas: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006–5101–C, 31 p.

Steuer, J.J., Bales, J.D., and Giddings, E.M.P., 2009, Relationship of stream ecological conditions to simulated hydraulic metrics across a gradient of basin urbanization, J. N. Am. Benthol. Soc., 28(4):955–976.

2008

Bryant , W.L., Jr., and Goodbred, S.L., , 2008, The response of hydrophobic organics and potential toxicity in streams to urbanization of watersheds in six metropolitan areas of the United States, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, DOI 10.1007/s10661-008-0546-5.

Cuffney, T.F., and Brightbill, R.A., 2008, Methods for processing and summarizing time-series temperature data collected as part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program studies on the effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 330, 23 p.

Sprague, L.A. and Nowell, L.H. 2008. Comparison of pesticide concentrations in streams at low flow in six metropolitan areas of the United States, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 288-298.

Waite, I.R., Sobieszczyk, Steven, Carpenter, K.D., Arnsberg, A.J., Johnson, H.M., Hughes, C.A., Sarantou, M.J., and Rinella, F.A., 2008, Effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems in the Willamette River basin and surrounding area, Oregon and Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5101-D, 62 p.

2007

Bryant, W.L., Goodbred, S.L., Leiker, T.L., Inouye, Laura, and Johnson , B.T., 2007, Use of Chemical Analysis and Assays of Semipermeable Membrane Devices Extracts to Assess the Response of Bioavailable Organic Pollutants in Streams to Urbanization in Six Metropolitan Areas of the United States, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5113.

Cuffney, T,F., Bilger, M.D., and Haigler, A.M., 2007, Ambiguous taxa: effects on the characterization and interpretation of invertebrate assemblages, J. N. Am. Benthol. Soc., 2007, 26(2):286-307.

Falcone, James, Stewart, Jana, Sobieszczyk, Steven, Dupree, Jean, McMahon, Gerard, and Buell, Gary, 2007, A comparison of natural and urban characteristics and the development of urban intensity indices across six geographic settings: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007–5123, 43 p., 7 apps.

Giddings, E.M., Moorman, M., Cuffney, T.F., McMahon, Gerard, and Harned, D.A., 2007, Selected physical, chemical, and biological data for 30 urbanizing streams in the North Carolina Piedmont ecoregion, 2002—2003: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 279, 14 p.

Gregory, M.B., and Calhoun, D.L., 2007, Physical, Chemical, and Biological Responses of Streams to Increasing Watershed Urbanization in the Piedmont Ecoregion of Georgia and Alabama, 2003, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5101-B.

McMahon, Gerard, 2007. Consequences of land-cover misclassification in models of impervious surface. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 73(12): 1343-1353.

Sprague, L.A., Harned, D.A., Hall, D.W., Nowell, L.H., Bauch, N.J., and Richards, K.D., 2007, Response of stream chemistry during base flow to gradients of urbanization in selected locations across the conterminous United States, 2002–04: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007–5083, 132 p.

2006

Albano, C.M. and Giddings, E.M.P., 2006, Characterization of habitat and biological communities at fixed sites in the Great Salt Lake Basins, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, water years 1999-2001, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5300, 82 p.

Giddings, E.M.G, Brown, L.R., Short, T.M. and Meador, M.R., 2006, Relation of fish communities to environmental conditions in urban streams of the Wasatch Front, Utah: Western North American Naturalist v. 66 p. 155-186.

Sprague, L.A., Zuellig, R.E., and Dupree, J.A., 2006, Effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems in the South Platte River Basin, Colorado and Wyoming, chap. A of Effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems in six metropolitan areas of the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5101-A, 139 p.

Sprague, L.A., Zuellig, R.E., and Dupree, J.A., 2006, Effects of Urban Development on Stream Ecosystems along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado and Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2006–3083, 4 p.

2005

Cuffney, T.F., Zappia, Humbert, Giddings, E.M.P., and Coles. J.F., 2005, Urbanization effects on benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in contrasting environmental settings: Boston, Birmingham, and Salt Lake City, in Brown, L.R., Gray, R.H., Hughes, R.M., and Meador, M.R., eds., Effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems: American Fisheries Society, Symposium 47, Bethesda, Maryland, p. 361-407.

Gregory, M.B., 2005, Microhabitat preference by aquatic invertebrates influence bioassessment metrics in Piedmont streams of Georgia and Alabama: in Hatcher, K.J., editor, Proceedings of the 2005 Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens, Georgia, 6 p.

Meador, M.R., Coles, J.F., and Zappia, Humbert, 2005, Fish assemblage responses to urban intensity gradients in contrasting metropolitan areas: Birmingham, Alabama, and Boston, Massachusetts, in Brown, L.R., Gray, R.H., Hughes, R.M., and Meador, M.R., eds., Effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems: American Fisheries Society, Symposium 47, Bethesda, Maryland, p. 409-423.

Potapova, Marina, Coles, J. F., Giddings, E.M., and Zappia, Humbert, 2005, A comparison of the influences of urbanization on stream benthic algal assemblages in contrasting environmental settings, in Brown, L.R., Gray, R.H., Hughes, R.M., and Meador, M.R., eds., Effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems: American Fisheries Society, Symposium 47, Bethesda, Maryland, p.333-359.

Short, T.M., Giddings, E.M.P., Zappia, Humbert, Coles, J.F., 2005, Urbanization effects on habitat characteristics of streams in Boston, Massachusetts, Birmingham, Alabama, and Salt Lake City, Utah, in Brown, L.R., Gray, R.H., Hughes, R.M., and Meador, M.R., eds., Effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems: American Fisheries Society, Symposium 47, Bethesda, Maryland, p. 317-332.

Tate, C.M., Cuffney, T.F., McMahon, Gerard, Giddings, E.M.P., Coles, J.F., Zappia, Humbert, 2005, Use of an urban intensity index to assess urban effects on streams in three contrasting environmental settings, in Brown, L.R., Gray, R.H., Hughes, R.M., and Meador, M.R., eds., Effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems: American Fisheries Society, Symposium 47, Bethesda, Maryland, p. 291-315.

2004

Coles, J.F., Cuffney, T. F., McMahon, Gerard, and Beaulieu, K.M., 2004, The effects of urbanization on the biological, physical, and chemical characteristics of coastal New England streams: U.S. Geological Survey, Professional Paper 1695, 47 p.

2003

Gerner, S.J., and Waddell, K.M., 2003, Hydrology and Water Quality of an Urban Stream Reach in the Great Basin—Little Cottonwood Creek near Salt Lake City, Utah, Water Years 1999-2000, U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 02-4276.

Gregory, M.B., and Bryant, W.L., 2003, Effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems in the Piedmont Ecoregion of Georgia and Albama - A study design: in Proceedings of the 2003 Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens, Georgia, 5 p.

Hopkins, E.H., 2003, Using a geographic information system to rank urban intensity of small watersheds for the Chattahoochee, Flint, Ocmulgee, and Oconee River Basins in the Piedmont Ecoregion of Georgia and Alabama: in Proceedings of the 2003 Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens, Georgia, 3 p.

Hughes, W.B., and Berndt, M.P., 2003, National Water-Quality Assessment in Georgia, 2001-2011: in Proceedings of the 2003 Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens, Georgia, 5 p.

McMahon, Gerard, Bales, J.D., Coles J.F., Giddings, E.M.P., and Zappia, Humbert, 2003, Use of stage data to characterize hydrologic conditions in an urbanizing environment: Journal of the American Water Resources Association, vol. 39, no. 6., p. 1529-1546.

Waddell, K.M., Gerner, S.J., Thiros, S.A., Giddings, E.M., Baskin, R.L., Cederberg, J.R., and Albano, C.M., 2003, Water quality in the Great Salt Lake Basins, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, 1998-2001, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1236.

2002

Baskin, R.L., Waddell, K.M., Thiros, S.A., Giddings, E.M., Hadley, H.K., Stephens, D.W., and Gerner, S.J., 2002, Water-quality assessment of the Great Salt Lake Basins, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming--Environmental setting and study design, 2002, U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Investigations Report 02-4115, 47 p.

Couch, Carol, and Hamilton, Pixie, 2002, Effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet FS-042-02, 2 p.

Wilber, W.G., and Couch, C.A., 2002, Assessing Five National Priorities in Water Resources: Water Resources IMPACT, vol. 4, no. 4, p. 17-21.

2000

McMahon, Gerard and Cuffney, T.F., 2000, Quantifying urban intensity in drainage basins for assessing stream ecological conditions: Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v. 36, p. 1247-1261. http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/ecology/pubs/index.html

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