About This Project
A comparison of assessment methods used to determine stream restoration success on surface coal mines.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for a restored stream measure the physical attributes of a stream, assuming the physical attributes indicate the natural fauna will return. Some methods rely more heavily on riparian attributes than in-stream structure. My hypothesis is that physical attributes of a restored stream and/or riparian zone do not indicate the presence of the key invertebrates. This project tests this assumption.