Special Issue "Applied Ecology Research for Water Quality Management"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Aquatic Systems—Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Christopher Nietch
Guest Editor
U.S.EPA, Office of Research and Development, Center for Environmental Measurement and Modelling, Watershed and Ecosystem Characterization Division, Watershed Management Branch, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Interests: aquatic systems ecology; stormwater management; water quality modeling; watershed-scale nutrient management; watershed modeling; carbon and nutrient biogeochemistry; ecotoxicology; mesocosm studies; agricultural best management practices; aquatic life criteria

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Applied ecology research considers fundamental ecological process and function to inform environmental policy and practice. In the field of water quality management, applied aquatic ecology provides the mechanisms, or causes-and-effects, that characterize the quality of water. Waters cannot be protected or restored without considering and accounting for ecological principles and interactions in the project planning, design, and implementation phases of such effort. Under the rapidly changing climate regime there are numerous interacting ecologies, some yet to be realized, that are increasing the uncertainty of water quality management and affecting the ability to assess the success of management effort along with the confidence that program managers can have that spent funds will result in improvements. In this special issue I am seeking contributions that bring new ecological insight to water quality managment. Contributions might describe how water quality mangement uses aquatic ecology to: enhance engineering design of best management practices; guide the development, implementation, and analysis of policies and programs; establish water treatment processes; set objectives for water use; determine effective strategies for public health risk assessment; or help account for the potential benefits and anticipate unintended consequences of management alternatives.

Dr. Christopher Nietch
Guest Editor

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  • ecosystem services
  • harmful algae blooms (HABs)
  • nutrient management
  • best management practices (BMPs)
  • wetlands
  • water quality benefits
  • aquatic life criteria
  • numeric nutrient criteria
  • mixtures
  • ecotoxicology
  • invasive species
  • public policy
  • ecological structure and function
  • point and nonpoint sources

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Uptake of Sulfate from Ambient Water by Freshwater Animals
Water 2020, 12(5), 1496; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12051496 - 23 May 2020
To better understand how the sulfate (SO42−) anion may contribute to the adverse effects associated with elevated ionic strength or salinity in freshwaters, we measured the uptake and efflux of SO42− in four freshwater species: the fathead minnow [...] Read more.
To better understand how the sulfate (SO42−) anion may contribute to the adverse effects associated with elevated ionic strength or salinity in freshwaters, we measured the uptake and efflux of SO42− in four freshwater species: the fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas, Teleostei: Cyprinidae), paper pondshell (Utterbackia imbecillis, Bivalvia: Unionidae), red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii, Crustacea: Cambaridae), and two-lined mayfly (Hexagenia bilineata, Insecta: Ephemeridae). Using δ(34S/32S) stable isotope ratios and the concentrations of S and SO42−, we measured the SO42− influx rate (Jin), net flux (Jnet), and efflux rate (Jout) during a 24 h exposure period. For all four species, the means of Jin for SO42− were positive, and Jin was significantly greater than 0 at both target SO42− concentrations in the fish and mollusk and at the lower SO42− concentration in the crayfish. The means of Jout and Jnet were much more variable than those for Jin, but several species by target SO42− concentration combinations for Jout and Jnet, were negative, which suggests the net excretion of SO42− by the animals. The results of our experiments suggest a greater regulation of SO42− in freshwater animals than has been previously reported. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Applied Ecology Research for Water Quality Management)
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