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DATA COLLECTION METHODS FOR NUTRIENTS IN ... - www.tceq.texas.gov

DATA COLLECTION METHODS FOR NUTRIENTS IN TEXAS STREAMS Evaluation of Periphyton Abundance Joint Project In cooperation with the TCEQ Water Quality Standards Program Project Team TCEQ Water Quality Standards Program Texas AgriLife Research PROJECT MANAGER Contract Management

Data Collection Support PARSONS PROJECT MANAGER Water Quality Monitoring & Assessment Support QAP Development Report Preparation TIAER PROJECT MANAGER0

GIS & Data Management Water Quality Monitoring & Assessment Lead Laboratory Analysis Data QA/QC Problem - Development of Nutrient Criteria for Streams Chlorophyll-a Measures suspended algae in the water column Often included as part of routine monitoring

Good indicator of nutrient enrichment in lakes and reservoirs but generally not in streams Problem - Development of Nutrient Criteria for Streams Periphyton - attached macro- and micro-algae Often a better response variable to nutrient enrichment in streams than chlorophyll-a Historical data on periphyton abundance are sparse Project Purpose To evaluate four field methods for monitoring attached macroalgae and microalgae in wadeable streams Quantitative Scrape Method

Semi-Quantitative or Qualitative Viewing Bucket Method Transect Method Photo/Grid Method Quantitative Scrape Method Source: Derived from the USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Program (Moulton II et al., 2002) Moulton II, Stephen R., Jonathan G. Kennen, Robert M. Goldstein, and Julie A. Hambrook. 2002. Revised Protocols for Sampling Algal, Invertebrate, and Fish Communities as Part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program. U.S. Geological Survey.

Quantitative Scrape Method Obtain a composite sample from the richest target habitat (RTH) defined in descending priority: 1) 2) 3) 4) Cobble (epilithic habitat) Gravel (epilithic habitat) Woody snags (epidendric habitat) Macrophyte beds (epiphytic habitat) Quantitative Scrape Method Scrape designated number of samples for composite based on substrate Gravel (epilithic habitat) Cobble (epilithic habitat)

Woody Snag (epidendric habitat) Quantitative Scrape Method Measure in the Field Area of substrate sampled Volume of rinse water used Volume of each of two subsamples to be submitted for laboratory analysis Quantitative Scrape Method Subsample Preservation Field filtered through a 0.7 micrometer (m) m) glass fiber filter Filter placed in labeled Ziploc bag and stored frozen (on dry ice) Quantitative Scrape Method Laboratory Analysis Ash Free Dry Matter (AFDM) and Chlorophyll-a (CHLA) Results calculated in grams per square

centimeter (g/cm2) based on field measurements of area and volume sampled Viewing Bucket Method Source: Derived from the Rapid Bioassessment Protocol developed by USEPA (Barbour et al., 1999) Barbour, M.T., J. Gerritsen, B.D. Snyder, and J.B. Stribling. 1999. Rapid Bioassessment Protocols for Use in Streams and Wadeable Rivers: Periphyton, Benthic Macroinvertebrates and Fish, Second Edition. EPA 841B-99-002. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Office of Water; Washington, D.C. Viewing Bucket Method Uses a 5 gallon plastic bucket with a transparent bottom that contains a fixed grid of 50 dots Viewing Bucket Method Dots characterized as: Macroalgae

Microalgae Bare Also measured Maximum length of macroalgae Thickness of microalgae (6 transects with 3 locations each totaling 18 locations per station) Transect Method Source: Derived from field protocols developed by Utah State University (Hawkins, et al. 2001) Hawkins, Charles, Jeff Ostermiller, Mark Vinson, and R. Jan Stevenson. 2001. Stream Algae, Invertebrate, and Environmental Sampling Associated with Biological Water Quality Assessments: Field Protocols. Utah State University. Transect Method 3 diagonal transects uniformly subdivided into 6 sampling locations (total 18 locations) At each sampling point, pick up the nearest piece of substrate

Transect Method Document: Percent coverage of moss Percent coverage of macroalgae Estimate of micro-algae thickness Photo/Grid Method Source: Derived from an algae growth study performed by Paul Price Associates, Inc. and Alan Plummer and Associates, Inc. Paul Price Associates, Inc. and Alan Plummer and Associates, Inc. 1993. Study of Algae Growth in the Upper Brushy Creek Watershed. Photo/Grid Method Photos taken Upstream and downstream views 5 representative locations with 1 square meter

(m2) grid Photo/Grid Method Percent coverage of algae estimated from photos Thickness and length of algae also recorded Additional Parameters Flow Water samples analyzed for: CHLA & Pheophytin-a Total NO2-N+NO3-N Total Phosphorus (TP) Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN) Habitat Assessment (year 1) Project Sampling Stations 30 stations Lower Brazos & Colorado River Basins

Selected to represent a variety of water quality & substrate conditions All existing TCEQ SWQM Stations with biological data within the last assessment period (20012007) Monitoring Stations 15743 15743 15250 15250 13496 13496 12474 12474

12440 12440 12154 12154 12115 12115 12060 12060 12051 12051 11907 11907

11784 11784 11735 11735 11573 11573 Station 20128 20128 18800 18800 18754 18754

17551 17551 17473 17473 17469 17469 16805 16805 16403 16403 16401 16401 16396

16396 16394 16394 16389 16389 16385 16385 16316 16316 16176 16176 TKN TKN C

Concentration oncentration (m (mg/L g/L as as N) N) Historical TKN Concentrations 7 6 5 4 3

2 1 0 15743 15743 15250 15250 13496 13496 12474 12474 12440

12440 12154 12154 12115 12115 12060 12060 12051 12051 11907 11907 11784 11784

11735 11735 11573 11573 Station 20128 20128 18800 18800 18754 18754 17551 17551

17473 17473 17469 17469 16805 16805 16403 16403 16401 16401 16396 16396

16394 16394 16389 16389 16385 16385 16316 16316 16176 16176 Total Total PP C Concentration oncentration (m

(mg/L g/L as as P) P) Historical TP Concentrations 6 5 4 3 2 1

0 15743 15743 15250 15250 13496 13496 12474 12474 12440 12440 12154 12154

12115 12115 12060 12060 12051 12051 11907 11907 11784 11784 11735 11735

11573 11573 Station 20128 20128 18800 18800 18754 18754 17551 17551 17473 17473

17469 17469 16805 16805 16403 16403 16401 16401 16396 16396 16394 16394 16389

16389 16385 16385 16316 16316 16176 16176 Chlorophyll-a Chlorophyll-a Concentration Concentration (ug/L) (ug/L) Historical CHLA Concentrations 150

100 50 0 Project Objective Year 1 To identify which Semi-Quantitative or Qualitative Method was best related to the Quantitative method Quantitative Scrape Method Semi-Quantitative or Qualitative

Viewing Bucket Method Transect Method Photo/Grid Method Year 1 Results General Assessment Scrape Method Sampling biased to RTH Can be performed in most water depths and

turbidities Lots of small gear needed, onsite filtration, requires dry ice for freezing filters Gravel substrates include lots of sediment Very time intensive, needs lots of attention to detail to properly sample, field filter and record all needed information Lab analysis of samples required General Assessment Viewing Bucket Method Transects random Requires decent visibility to substrate Needs limited equipment

Fairly easy and relatively quick to implement with little training Sometimes difficult keeping count of dots General Assessment Transect Method Transects random Can be performed in most water depths and turbidities Needs only a tag line for transect Simplest of 4 methods to implement General Assessment Photo/Grid Method Biased toward observed algae Requires good visibility to substrate Equipment limited, construction of PVC frame simple, camera generally standard equipment Very simple to implement , but requires

documenting several photos per station and post-processing With grid, % cover might be better estimated in the field than from photos Year 1 Results Viewing Bucket vs Quantitative Scrape Method Correlation Analysis ln(CHLA) ln(AFDM) ln(Macroalgae) ln(Microalgae) ln(Micro+ Macroalgae) ln(Maximum Length Macroalgae)

+ Year 1 Results Transect vs Quantitative Scrape Method Correlation Analysis ln(CHLA) ln(AFDM) + + + +

ln(Moss) ln(Macroalgae) ln(Microalgae) ln(Moss+Microalgae+ Macroalgae) Year 1 Results Photo/Grid vs Quantitative Scrape Method Correlation Analysis ln(Trace) ln(Felt) ln(Mats) ln(Trace+Felt+Mats) ln(CHLA) ln(AFDM) Project Objective 1 Year 2

Evaluate relation of selected SemiQuantitative with Qualitative Method with 2 years of data Quantitative Scrape Method Semi-Quantitative or Qualitative Transect Method (selected) modified to include length of longest macroalgae Project Objective 2 Year 2 Evaluate relationships of periphyton abundance to: Instream Water Quality Habitat Parameters

Year 2 Results Year 2 - Transect vs Quantitative Scrape Method Correlation Analysis ln(CHLA) ln(AFDM) ln(Macroalgae, score) + + ln(Microalgae, score) +

+ ln(Moss+Microalgae+ Macroalgae, score) + + ln(Maximum Macroalgae Length, mm) + + ln(Moss, score)

Correlation with Instream Water Quality Scrape Method Transect Method ln(Moss ln(Max+ Micro- imum ln(Macro ln(Micro Instream ln(CHLA, ln(AFDM, ln(Moss, algae + Macro-algae, -algae, 2 2 Water Quality mg/cm ) mg/cm ) score) score) score) Macro- algae algae, Length, score) mm) ln(Stream CHLA, g/L)

- - ln(TKN, mg/L) - - - - - ln(DO, mg/L)

+ + + + + pH (standard units) - Scrape Method & Habitat Parameters Scrape Method Habitat Parameter Avg. % of Substrate

Gravel Size or Larger ln(CHLA, mg/cm2) + Avg. % Instream Cover Transect Method ln(Moss + ln(Maximum ln(Macroln(Microln(AFDM, Micro-algae + Macroalgae algae, algae, 2 mg/cm ) Macro-algae, Length, mm) score)

score) score) + + + + + + + + +

+ Dominant Substrate (1=clay, 2=silt, 3=sand, 4=gravel, 5=cobble, 6=boulder, 7=bedrock and 8=other) + + + + +

+ Riffles (#) + + + + + + + +

+ + + + + + Available Instream Cover (%) Bottom Substrate Stability - score 1 (unstable) to 4 (stable)

+ Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) Multivariate analysis technique that includes specialized versions of other analysis methods Can be used for confirmatory or exploratory evaluation of model structure (i.e., the nature of processes potentially affecting a phenomenon) SEM with Scrape Method - CHLA SEM with Scrape Method - AFDM SEM with Transect Results - Macroalgae SEM with Transect Results - Microalgae

Conclusions Scrape & Transect Methods Worked well on most substrates Some problems on gravel with scrape method (Large amounts of sediment collected & high AFDM) Both methods have issues if streams are not wadeable Scrape and Transect methods positively correlated for general algal abundance Conclusions Scrape & Transect Methods Algal abundance measures were more highly correlated to habitat than water quality parameters SEM implied that substrate size and light were the most influential factors on periphyton

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