The purpose of this research is to survey the benthic macroinvertebrate communities of Canyon Creek through Tensleep Preserve to analyze the effects of two limestone sink systems and a human diversion on these communities.
The data produced from this study will:
1. Provide an assessment of the current benthic macroinvertebrate communities of this river section,
2. Provide an analysis of the impacts of these perturbation sites including likely physical and chemical origins to be used to help guide river-management decisions for Canyon Creek,
3. Provide base line data and voucher specimens for comparison against future studies.
Although invertebrate identification has not yet been completed for each site, I observed differences in relative species’ abundance and presence from site to site, and the physical data recorded suggests there is a potential underlying cause for this observation.