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Title:The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Preserve Fish and Aquatic Vegetation Monitoring 2020 Field Report
Author(s):Blackert, Amber E.; Solomon, Levi E.; Lamer, James T.
Subject(s):Emiquon preserve
aquatic vegetation
fish communities
Geographic Coverage:Emiquon Preserve, Fulton County, Illinois
Abstract:Since 2007, the Emiquon Preserve (Emiquon) has been monitored using Key Ecological Attributes (KEA) to determine the success of restoration on the vegetation and fish communities. The KEA’s were developed to reflect a high-functioning, balanced ecosystem at its upper limits. Native submersed aquatic vegetation (SAV) abundance and richness continue to be the dominant macrophyte communities. Submersed aquatic vegetation species diversity has remained stable though the years with native species dominating the biomass. The Emiquon Preserve’s fish community continues to be dominated by native fish species. 2020 saw an increase in abundance of bluegill, bowfin, largemouth bass, yellow bass, and golden shiners from the previous year. An extended drawdown was conducted in 2020 bringing the water surface elevation down to 427.56 ft.
Issue Date:2021-07-31
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Technical Report INHS 2021 (09)
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:The Nature Conservancy C12-52
Rights Information:This document is a product of the Illinois Natural History Survey, and has been selected and made available by the Illinois Natural History Survey and the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is intended solely for noncommercial research and educational use, and proper attribution is requested.
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-07-20

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