For several years, Virginia Water Resources Research Center Director Stephen Schoenholtz, Research Scientist Anthony Timpano, and several Virginia Tech graduate students have been studying the potential impact of total dissolved solids (TDS) on macroinvertebrates living in streams in Virginia’s coalfield area. (Macroinvertebrates are animals that can be seen withou a microscope—“macro-“—and which do not have a backbone—“invertebrate.” The large and varied group includes many insects, but also crustaceans, such as crayfish; mollusks, such as snails; worms; and other creatures.) The research is important to federal and state regulation of coal-mining activities that affect water resources. An overview of the work was published on May 17, 2013, by Environmental Monitor, a journal from Fondriest Environmental, Inc., of Fairborn, Ohio. The article is available online at http://www.fondriest.com/news/mining-stream-insects-dissolved-solids.htm, or contact Fondriest Environmental at (888) 426-2151.
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