Fish Creek Watershed Observatory: Aquatic Monitoring Related to Oil and Gas Activities and Climate Change in the NPR-A
Intended network of long-term aquatic monitoring sites in the Fish Creek watershed that represents the wide variety of hydrologic types and processes of the Arctic Coastal Plain. Physical, chemical, and biological data are collected. Provides framework for integrated research on number of topics, including fish movements, fish feeding, aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, geomorphology, drainage network analysis and classification, among others.
Related ALCC Project: Fish Creek Hydrology (Project Code: ARCT2011-05) : Beaded Stream & Lake Hydrology Monitoring - This research is focused on collecting and analyzing baseline hydrologic data for the Fish Creek watershed located in the National Petroleum Reserve –Alaska (NPR-A) in coordination with on-going and future petroleum development, fish and wildlife studies, and permafrost and climate monitoring and analysis. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Geological Survey began this monitoring program in 2004 and our efforts are to continue this monitoring program of the three river systems draining this regions including more detailed monitoring of select catchments with varying degrees of planned petroleum development. Data collection and analysis is focused on understanding seasonal and interannual variability in water supply and quality particularly with respect to fish habitat and hydrologic connectivity of streams and lakes.
Publications: Arp, CD. 2012. Fish Creek Watershed Hydrology Monitoring. BLM.
Data and Resources
Report :: ALCC Report
Website :: ALCC Website
Website :: UAF Project Site
Title: Professor of Freshwater Ecology, UAF