Min Pages: 3
Max Pages: 5
Level of Detail: Show all work
Other Requirements: You are the Resource Manager at Chopawamsic Creek National Park. You have just returned from sampling the Chopawamsic Creek and your data are filed in Course Tools -> Resources -> in the folder marked zChopawamsic Creek Data. This folder also contains a map of the area and a photo of you and your sampling team in the creek. For the Case Study II assignment you are to review the course text, conduct outside research as needed, and conduct an assessment of Chopawamsic Creek. In your case study discuss the following results: macroivertebrate sampling using an index of biotic integrity, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and fecal coliform bacteria. Discuss each parameter/data result separately. Then, draw conclusions about the condition of the creek in your answer. Note if you observe any water quality problems evidenced in the data. Please feel free to investigate these sampling parameters on the internet, but do remember to cite all sources used in APA style.
Grading will focus on the student's analysis, reasoning, and depth of understanding of the issues. The paper should include the following sections
Water Quality Findings
Use 12 pt. Times New Roman. Please keep your water quality reports to no more than five pages of double spaced text, excluding maps, tables/figures, and references. This will require you to be clear and concise. Provide support for your findings. For example, you may want to construct a data table for the chemical/physical parameters at each site including a column with standard ranges for aquatic bodies as presented in the course text, by the US Environmental Protection Agency, by the state government, or another appropriate scientific source.
Grading will specifically focus on:
25 pts - sufficient depth of scientific detail (i.e. methods, analysis, recommendations)
25 pts - integrated vocabulary
20 pts - APA Citations
15 pts - grammar/spelling/language/professional tone
15 pts - design/style