State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2010DE183B
Title: Assessment of Changes in Invertebrate Populations Resulting from Wetland Restoration
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 6/01/2010
End Date: 2/28/2011
Congressional District: At large
Focus Categories: Ecology, Wetlands, Invasive Species
Keywords: insects, wetland restoration, biodiversity
Principal Investigators: Tallamy, Douglas; Yost, Katie
Federal Funds: $ 1,500
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 3,000
Abstract: The monitoring of physical characteristics along with biological data provide valuable insight into the effectiveness and functioning of wetland restorations as sustainable ecosystems. The restoration of a wetland near the University of Delaware campus is planned for this spring. Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) and other non-native plant species will be removed and the water will be channeled. Research is needed to study the effect this wetland restoration has on the aquatic biodiversity in the area. The objectives of the project are to study how the restoration of the wetland affects the aquatic biodiversity. The species and abundance of invertebrates will be monitored before, during, and after the restoration. This study will assess the impact of removing non-native plants on water quality as indicated by changes in the invertebrate community.

Progress/Completion Report, 2010, PDF

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