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Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program

� Landscape effects on stream temperature in
� Minnesota streams of the Lake Superior Basin

Brian Black
� Lucinda Johnson
� Natural Resources Research Institute
� Project Partners:
� Valerie Brady, Minnesota SeaGrant
� Richard Axler, Natural Resources Research Institute
� Howard Mooers, University of Minnesota Duluth – Dept. of Geoscience
� May 28, 2009

Project No. 306-STAR08-08 B18556

Contract No.

This project was funded in part under the Coastal Zone Management Act, by NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, in cooperation with Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. Additional funding came from Minnesota SeaGrant.

INTRODUCTION Stream temperature plays a critical role influencing aquatic communities such as fish and invertebrates. North Shore streams of Lake Superior are historically cool/coldwater systems supporting aquatic communities adapted to low temperatures and typically intolerant of high temperatures. Temperature-intolerant aquatic organisms native to North Shore streams theoretically would be negatively impacted by rising and frequently fluctuating temperatures (Poole & Berman 2001). Due to their temperature-intolerant physiology, trout are among those species greatly impacted by increasing temperatures (Raleigh, 1982). Declining trout populations could have a negative impact on tourism and fisheries revenue. Concern for adequate trout habitat has led to an increased effort to restore and maintain cool water. Research designed to better understand thermal controls on streams will benefit restoration projects, land use planning and future management of these natural resources. Many studies (Leblanc et al. 1997, Paul & Meyer 2001, Allan 2004) have examined changes in stream temperature as well as other ecological degradations resulting from increasing urbanization. Land development has increased the percent impervious ground surface, and therefore, is thought to greatly influence stream temperature (Wang et al. 2003, Krause et al. 2004). Conversely, water storage, defined as the proportion of lakes and wetlands within a watershed, may moderate temperature variability by stabilizing baseflows (Detenbeck et al. 2005). The degree to which each mechanism influences maximum temperature ranges and variability when combined is not currently well understood. We addressed this issue by examining the effects of impervious surfaces and water storage on stream temperature in Minnesota’s Lake Superior Basin. Local variables were also measured to account for natural variation in stream temperature between study sites. Both local and regional environmental variables influence stream temperature, but the strength of their relationships can be time and space dependent (Allen 2004). The objectives of this project are to: 1) determine the influence of impervious surfaces and water storage capacity on stream temperature, and 2) determine the extent to which local and regional environmental variables influence stream temperature. Since the scale at which these local and landscape-scale features influence stream temperature is unknown, the second objective will evaluate relationships between in-stream temperature and landscape variables. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN We addressed these objectives by selecting study sites that span both gradients of land development and water storage capacity of stream catchments. Land development was quantitatively measured by percent impervious surface cover (ISC) within each catchment. Water storage capacity was quantitatively measured by the percent of each catchment covered by lakes and wetlands, referred to herein as total wetland proportion. This project, funded by the Lake Superior Coastal Program, was comprised of 23 study sites within the coastal zone of Lake Superior; however 52 sites were included in the overall study (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Site map displaying locations of 23 study sites within the coastal zone of Lake Superior. Data for 52 sites within Minnesota’s Lake Superior Basin were used in statistical analyses.

WORK COMPLETED SITE SELECTION We delineated watersheds in the Lake Superior Basin using ArcHydro software. To identify delineation errors, the ArcHydro stream network was visually compared with a map of Minnesota streams developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) at a scale of 1:24,000. We randomly selected 52 sites within the Lake Superior Basin, across gradients of impervious surface proportion and total wetland proportion of stream catchments. Individual catchments were delineated for each site location as the area upstream that drains to each site. To reduce the influences of geographic position and elevation, site selection was limited to stream sections within sixty miles of Duluth, MN and above the Duluth escarpment. Stream temperature can also be influenced by stream size and longitudinal position from headwater to mouth. To address size variability, we chose first, second, or third order streams with catchment areas ranging from 1 – 91 km2.

Figure 2. Site map displaying 52 sampling locations and their catchments within the Lake Superior Basin.

ENVIRONMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS We summarized land cover and geology for each catchment using a Geographic Information System (ArcGIS). Landscape variables were characterized from National Land Cover Data (NLCD) developed by the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium (MRLC) in 2001 (Figure 3). Land cover classes summarized for each catchment include agriculture, forest, impervious, open water, forested wetland, and unforested wetland. We report land cover as a percentage of total catchment area; however, we also quantified land cover as the proportion connected to the stream, and as a distance weighted proportion of the catchment. For the latter, land use classes were weighted by the inverse of their flow-path distance to the study site using the same methods as Van Sickle & Johnson (2008). Since stream temperatures are strongly influenced by groundwater contributions, we used hydraulic conductivity as an indicator of the extent of groundwater contribution to base flow. Hydraulic conductivity is defined as the ability of water to flow through sediments. From Darcy’s law, we can estimate potential groundwater input to streams by the product of hydraulic conductivity and hydraulic gradient. Surficial geology data, acquired from MNDNR, were used to map hydraulic conductivity in the Lake Superior Basin (Figure 4). Conductivity values were estimated for each surficial geology class based on published ranges (Fetter, 2000).

Lake Superior

National Land Cover Data (2001)
All other values Open water Impervious Wetland

Figure 3. Map displaying the spatial relationship of land cover types with sample locations. This map was generated from National Land Cover Data (2001).

Figure 4. Hydraulic conductivity map of the Minnesota Lake Superior Basin based on surficial geology.

WATER QUALITY Water quality parameters were measured using a YSI multimeter, in conjunction with habitat assessments (once during August – October). Parameters included: temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and pH. In addition, we measured transparency with a 120 cm transparency tube. Turbidity was measured from a water sample in the laboratory using standard methods. We also measured discharge using a Marsh-McBirney flow meter. STREAM HABITAT Each site was assigned a reach length of 35 times the mean stream width. Local variables were measured within each stream reach by conducting habitat assessments once during baseflow, between August and October. Habitat assessments utilized the transect-point method (modified from: Simonson et al. 1994). Each reach was divided into ten equally spaced transects. Water depth, refusal depth, and substrate size classes were measured at four equally spaced points and the thalweg within each transect. Stream width, riparian shade, riparian land use, and riparian buffer width were also measured at each transect. TEMPERATURE Air temperature and stream temperature data were continuously recorded at 52 sites during summer months (July – September) of 2008. Air temperature sensors were placed in the most shaded location available nearest the corresponding water temperature sensor, and recorded air temperature at 30-minute intervals. Water temperature sensors were placed in the deepest section of the stream reach with the greatest amount of riparian shade and flow possible, and recorded water temperature at 5-minute intervals. The purpose of this position within a reach was to ensure that the sensor remained underwater for the duration of the summer, and to reduce the amount of sunlight directly hitting the sensor. Sensors were downloaded and redeployed every three to four weeks. IN-STREAM TEMPERATURE RESPONSE VARIABLES Numerous water temperature variables can be calculated to characterize in-stream temperature responses. We calculated maximum, minimum, average, range, and variance of several different time periods during summer months. The time intervals were: 1-day, 7-day, 21-day, total summer, low flow, and high flow. Five different statistics for six different time intervals produced 30 temperature response variables. For the purposes of this report, we chose to discuss two of these variables: 1) maximum 7-day water temperature and 2) summer water temperature variance. Maximum 7-day water temperature is a measure of how warm each stream can become, whereas water temperature variance is a measure of diel and seasonal temperature fluctuation. These two variables were chosen because they displayed the highest correlations with both local and environmental variables.

For each site, we determined the period of seven consecutive days with the warmest maximum water temperatures. An average of daily maximum water temperature during this period was calculated for each site, and designated as the maximum 7-day water temperature. The second temperature response variable, water temperature variance, was calculated as the variance in water temperature during July 1st – September 30th. All data were checked for errors and entered into an Access database. Data were screened for normality and transformed appropriately where necessary (e.g., proportions as arc-sin square root; catchment area and water depth as loge). We have completed preliminary analyses including a multiple linear regression analysis to predict stream temperature from local and regional environmental variables. Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) was used to compare all subsets regression models selecting the best model based on Akaike Information Criterion (AIC). Diagnostic tests were conducted to confirm that the assumptions of multiple regression were met, and to identify the presence of outliers and collinearity among the independent variables. RESULTS STREAM CHARACTERISTICS Average stream widths ranged between one and eight meters, with average depths less than one meter. Land use and land cover were far more variable among site catchments (Table 1). Maximum stream temperatures ranged from 18 – 29 °C at 52 site locations during July – September, 2008. Maximum diel instream temperature fluctuations ranged from 4 – 13 °C. Table 1. Range of land use/cover and shading among 52 study catchments. Land Use / Cover Catchment Ranges Impervious Surfaces 0 - 26% Total Wetlands 0 - 86% Forested Wetlands 0 - 78% Unforested Wetlands 0 - 45% Open Water 0 - 12% Riparian Shading 16 - 97% REGRESSION ANALYSES The all subsets multiple linear regression models predicting maximum 7-day water temperature consistently included the variables: catchment area, proportion open water, shade, and hydraulic conductivity. Other variables appearing in the top five models include stream depth and proportion total wetland. The top model (AIC = 30.3) was: Max 7-Day Water Temp. = 19.27 + 0.416*(AREA) + 0.257*(OW) – 0.39*(SHADE) – 0.24*(k).

where AREA = catchment area, OW = open water, SHADE = riparian shading, and k = hydraulic conductivity. This model explained 58 percent (adjusted R2) of the variation in maximum 7-Day water temperature.

The top models predicting summer water temperature variance consistently included riparian shading, impervious surface proportion, and depth. Other variables appearing in the top five models include: summer air temperature variance, catchment area, proportion total wetland, proportion open water, proportion forested wetland, and proportion unforested wetland. We did not report a specific regression model due to the confounding influence of air temperature variance and riparian shading in predicting summer water temperature variance. We are conducting additional analyses to address this issue. Without separating the effects of each of these variables, it is impossible to determine the direction or strength of the relationship between impervious surface and water temperature variance. Below, we present bivariate plots displaying the strongest correlations between the predictor variables included in the best response model and in-stream response variables (Figure 5).

Summer Water Temperature Variance

18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Summer Air Temperature Variance 30 R2 = 0.32 R = 0.48 Maximum 7-Day Water Temperature (C)


R2 = 0.39












Shade (Percent)

R = 0.25 Maximum 7-Day Water Temperature (C)


Maximum 7-Day Water Temperature (C)













Watershed Area (LN [Km ])


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Distance Weighted Proportion of Open Water

Figure 5. Bivariate plots displaying predictor variables identified by all subsets multiple linear regression and in-stream temperature response variables. (A) Variance in air temperature during July – September; p < 0.01, n = 51. (B) Riparian shade quantified using a densiometer; p < 0.01, n = 46. (C) Loge-transformed watershed area; p < 0.01, n = 52. (D) Proportion of catchments classified as open water were weighted by inverse distance along the flow-path to the site location and arcsine-transformed; p < 0.01, n = 52.

� These preliminary analyses suggest that land cover and hydraulic conductivity can be useful in predicting stream temperature maxima and fluctuation. For example, the proportion of open water within a stream catchment influences maximum stream temperatures during summer months. Large open bodies of water heat up during the day by absorbing energy from the sun. They then contribute warm water to nearby streams, resulting in warmer summer maximum water temperatures. However, large groundwater inputs (high hydraulic conductivity) may be able to mitigate high water temperatures caused by open water or a lack of riparian shading. These results agree with the findings of Wehrly et al. (2006), who concluded that catchment area and air temperature were positively correlated with mean July stream temperature, whereas local groundwater and local forest (shade) decrease mean July stream temperature. In previous studies, impervious surfaces have been observed to increase summer stream temperatures. Wang et al. (2003) found that connected impervious area in the watershed increased maximum daily mean water temperature in Minnesota and Wisconsin streams. Pluhowski (1970) found a similar trend in streams on Long Island, New York. In Pluhowski’s study, urbanization increased average summer stream temperature by as much as 5-8°C. We are continuing our analysis of proportion impervious land cover to separate confounding influences on stream temperature. We observed interesting trends related to the scale at which land cover classes influence stream temperature. For each land cover class, an inverse-distance weighted proportion of the catchment explained a greater percent of the variation in stream temperature responses than non-weighted proportions. Land cover classes such as proportions of open water, impervious surface, total wetland, forested wetland, and unforested wetland displayed better correlations with stream temperature when they were weighted by their flow-path distance to the study site than when left as simple proportions of the catchment. Additionally, distance-weighted proportions of land cover classes within a catchment were selected more often in top models of an all subsets regression predicting maximum 7-day water temperature than non-weighted land cover proportions. These trends indicate that the influence of land cover on stream temperature decreases the farther it exists from the study site. Surprisingly, inverse-distance weighted proportion of open water was a better predictor of maximum 7-day water temperature than the proportion of open water connected to the stream, suggesting that position within a watershed is more important than connectivity. Land and fisheries managers can use this knowledge to predict stream sensitivity to changes in land use and land cover. Future development within the coastal zone of Lake Superior may affect nearby streams by reducing riparian shading, increasing overland flow, or changing channel morphology. Models developed from this project may allow managers to predict resulting impacts to stream temperatures. Streams with higher sensitivity to development can then be protected to maintain suitable trout habitat. Understanding stream thermal dynamics will become even more important in the future as stream temperatures are projected to increase under conditions of atmospheric warming (Eaton and Scheller 1996, Mohseni et al. 1999, Mohseni et al. 2003, Gooseff et al. 2005).

This project generated a wealth of in-stream temperature data that can be utilized in future research projects that may require extensive temperature data to estimate the effects of climate change. Fish and invertebrate data were also collected concurrently on a subset of these streams by researchers from the Natural Resources Research Institute. Future projects could use their data in conjunction with temperature data from this project to determine community responses to changes in stream temperature. A map of hydraulic conductivity was also generated from this project. This map has generated interest from numerous biologists interested in quantifying potential groundwater contribution to streams. Potential groundwater contributions have been difficult to estimate in the past, however Baker et al. (2003) successfully mapped potential groundwater contribution to Michigan streams using surficial geology. Our project is the first to apply their method within Minnesota’s Lake Superior Basin. Although we continue to work on the hydraulic gradient portion of estimating potential groundwater, it is encouraging that our results display a significant correlation between hydraulic conductivity and maximum stream temperatures. LEVERAGED DOLLARS SeaGrant provided additional funding in the amount of $10,000. The Integrated Biosciences Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota Duluth also contributed $7,000. CONCLUSIONS One of the most difficult problems associated with research at a basin wide scale is the confounding regional effects of geographic position. We selected sites to represent as much of the impervious and wetland gradients as possible. Unfortunately, stream catchments with a large proportion of impervious surfaces tend to be located near Duluth, MN; whereas stream catchments with more abundant wetlands are found further from Lake Superior (Figure 3). This creates collinearity between environmental variables, making it difficult to distinguish between variable influences. Covariates should be taken into consideration when choosing study sites, and when deciding which statistical analyses will best fit the data. Future analyses will address these confounding factors. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This project was funded in part by NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management, in cooperation with Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. Additional funding came from Minnesota SeaGrant and the Integrated Biosciences Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota Duluth. We would also like to acknowledge the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, and University of Minnesota for use of equipment and resources. We are grateful for the contributions of Richard Axler, Valerie Brady, Howard Mooers, Tom Hollenhorst, and numerous field assistants working on this project.

� Appendix A. Local stream and regional watershed characteristics for 52 study sites in the Lake Superior Basin.
� * - Denotes streams within the Lake Superior Coastal Zone. Impervious surface was summarized as a flow-distance weighted value.

Catchment Area (km2) 14.2 21.0 30.0 23.2 6.8 8.1 91.4 9.3 46.8 3.8 20.3 54.0 27.9 18.2 12.9 23.3 7.4 20.8 21.5 15.4 16.0 26.8 10.5 17.0 13.9 19.0 37.1 45.5 40.8 24.9 41.8 22.5 31.4 61.0 7.9 14.1 42.6 19.4 19.9 25.6 29.1 1.4 23.3 13.4 4.9 3.6 2.7 4.9 4.0 14.6 17.1 22.7 Mean Stream Width (m) 3.3 3.5 4.0 2.9 2.3 2.6 7.7 3.3 3.8 1.4 3.6 3.0 4.2 4.2 1.8 2.6 4.3 4.3 2.3 3.7 3.1 4.4 2.0 3.5 3.4 5.4 3.9 2.1 3.6 6.9 5.2 5.3 1.3 2.4 4.0 3.0 3.8 1.6 5.0 2.1 1.7 1.4 1.4 3.4 1.3 Mean Stream Depth (m) 0.11 0.13 0.61 0.23 0.14 0.12 0.22 0.36 0.55 0.14 0.24 0.15 0.18 0.21 0.20 0.18 0.23 0.46 0.18 0.59 0.48 0.32 0.15 0.26 0.32 0.51 0.32 0.17 0.38 0.38 0.37 0.70 0.06 0.14 0.16 0.43 0.31 0.21 1.01 0.07 0.26 0.12 0.20 0.40 0.10 Shad e (%) 92 74 59 50 89 93 42 93 61 70 32 74 73 94 81 90 88 81 64 36 61 77 58 77 53 57 37 27 16 54 91 28 97 85 97 29 21 59 35 90 88 58 93 93 82 Fores t (%) 78 82 95 74 52 80 74 36 45 52 55 49 88 59 52 39 66 60 94 80 73 65 67 55 95 47 86 52 54 69 90 58 67 15 77 55 28 52 35 33 72 28 38 10 25 15 91 64 72 61 79 65 Imperviou s Surfaces (%) 2.9 2.2 0.1 1.3 12.1 1.9 0.1 3.6 10.9 19.9 4.8 3.1 0.4 1.5 2.8 0.3 4.1 7.9 0.8 1.8 1.9 1.5 2.4 6.8 0.1 20.6 0.3 2.2 0.7 1.3 0.2 2.1 3.9 6.0 1.1 10.3 0.9 3.8 10.1 0.8 0.1 19.8 1.9 1.7 26.1 7.4 0.9 11.3 8.6 0.3 0.1 5.4 Open Wate r (%) 0.9 0.2 0.7 1.5 0.2 0.4 1.4 0.0 6.2 1.0 6.6 11.8 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.1 2.3 0.1 0.1 0.0 8.4 0.2 0.2 0.7 1.4 2.4 0.2 1.5 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.0 0.3 5.5 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1 0.0 0.3 6.0 9.3 Forested Wetland s (%) 0.3 0.6 1.0 6.8 0.1 0.0 15.9 1.9 0.3 0.4 2.0 18.4 3.2 2.5 1.9 48.3 0.9 3.7 0.7 2.4 2.4 13.3 6.0 2.8 1.1 0.3 8.6 28.3 30.4 12.8 4.0 0.6 0.5 41.6 14.4 0.5 19.4 2.0 1.6 49.3 15.2 1.1 36.2 78.0 3.9 48.3 3.5 2.1 1.3 32.4 1.3 1.5 Unforeste d Wetlands (%) 0.1 0.7 0.8 2.5 0.3 0.1 0.4 4.1 2.5 0.3 1.2 1.7 2.9 4.2 7.3 5.8 0.3 1.4 0.3 1.5 0.3 3.4 0.0 1.4 1.0 1.8 0.1 13.3 7.4 7.1 0.4 2.4 1.1 28.8 0.6 0.0 45.2 2.4 6.5 13.0 4.4 0.0 16.7 8.1 3.2 11.8 0.0 7.6 0.0 2.8 0.2 0.9 Hydraulic Conductivity (cm/s) 1.58E-06 8.00E-04 1.00E-03 1.00E-03 1.39E-06 1.57E-06 2.18E-04 5.00E-05 1.17E-06 2.21E-08 1.00E-05 1.00E-04 1.00E-05 4.54E-05 8.00E-02 1.00E-03 1.55E-06 1.55E-06 1.00E-05 1.00E-03 8.00E-06 1.00E-02 1.00E-05 1.00E-04 8.00E-04 5.00E-04 1.00E-05 1.00E-03 8.00E-04 4.30E-03 1.00E-04 1.00E-03 1.00E-03 1.00E-03 1.00E-05 1.56E-06 1.00E-03 9.71E-07 6.39E-07 1.00E-03 1.00E-03 1.00E-08 1.00E-03 1.00E-03 1.00E-01 1.00E-03 1.46E-07 8.00E-02 1.00E-08 1.00E-03 2.01E-05 1.00E-03

Stream *Amity Creek *Amity Creek, East Branch Big Sucker Creek Chalberg Creek *Chester Creek *Chester Creek, East Branch Cloquet River *Crystal Creek East Two River Elbow Creek (Eveleth) Elbow Creek (Iron Jct.) Ely Creek *Encampment River *Hay Creek Johnson Creek Joula Creek *Keene Creek *Kingsbury Creek *Knife River Lester River *Little Knife River Little Otter Creek *Little Stewart River Long Lake Creek *McCarthy Creek *Miller Creek Murphy Creek Muskrat Creek Otter Creek (CR 5) *Otter Creek (Cartwright Rd.) Pine Creek Rocky Run Creek (St. Louis River Rd.) *Rocky Run Creek (Maple Grove Rd.) Skunk Creek *Talmadge River *Tischer Creek Trib. to East Swan River (CR 5) Trib. to East Swan River (Koivu Rd.) Trib. to East Two River (CR 7) Trib. to Floodwood River (Hwy 73) Trib. to Floodwood River (Wawina Rd.) *Trib. to Kingsbury Creek Trib. to St. Louis R. (McGonagle Rd.) Trib. to St. Louis River (Creek Rd.) *Trib. to St. Louis River (Hwy 61) Trib. to St. Louis River (Pirtalla Rd.) *Trib. to Stewart River *Trib. to Thompson Reservoir *Trib. to Tischer Creek Trib. to Whiteface River Us-Kab-Wan-Ka River White Pine River




Appendix B. Temperature characteristics of 52 study sites in the Lake Superior Basin. Data were recorded during July – September, 2008. * - Denotes streams within the Lake Superior Coastal Zone.
Max 7-Day Water Temp. (oC) 19.9 21.3 20.0 22.1 22.4 20.1 24.4 17.9 25.3 19.9 23.0 22.6 21.5 21.3 21.9 22.2 19.8 21.7 21.8 22.8 23.1 20.3 20.8 25.1 21.3 20.7 21.9 23.0 22.3 26.7 22.2 19.6 23.5 22.5 22.4 19.2 22.6 21.5 26.5 22.7 22.4 19.1 17.2 19.8 17.5 18.8 18.5 19.2 19.8 20.9 22.9 20.7 Summer Water Temperature Variance (oC)2 6.3 6.8 8.1 12.9 8.2 5.2 12.9 4.1 6.7 6.1 10.5 11.6 8.8 9.3 8.4 12.7 6.4 7.5 9.0 9.6 9.9 6.8 8.2 12.6 8.9 6.9 11.3 10.8 11.1 16.4 11.0 7.2 10.1 12.3 8.4 4.3 15.2 9.5 13.2 12.0 9.8 4.1 1.7 6.5 4.6 6.1 4.8 6.0 5.5 8.1 10.5 6.9 Summer Air Temperature Variance (oC)2 26.5 26.5 35.4 30.3 22.7 22.7 38.9 26.9 29.6 33.6 36.6 45.4 38.9 26.1 41.5 49.5 21.7 22.6 32.0 41.6 38.3 28.2 26.9 45.0 32.0 21.1 35.2 39.2 36.3 31.3 45.3 26.6 34.5 33.2 27.4 16.0 49.8 39.3 37.7 41.4 41.8 19.3 43.7 26.7 28.7 30.3 34.1 20.9 16.0 41.5 41.8 28.3

Stream *Amity Creek *Amity Creek, East Branch Big Sucker Creek Chalberg Creek *Chester Creek *Chester Creek, East Branch Cloquet River *Crystal Creek East Two River Elbow Creek (Eveleth) Elbow Creek (Iron Jct.) Ely Creek *Encampment River *Hay Creek Johnson Creek Joula Creek *Keene Creek *Kingsbury Creek *Knife River Lester River *Little Knife River Little Otter Creek *Little Stewart River Long Lake Creek *McCarthy Creek *Miller Creek Murphy Creek Muskrat Creek Otter Creek (CR 5) *Otter Creek (Cartwright Rd.) Pine Creek Rocky Run Creek (St. Louis River Rd.) *Rocky Run Creek (Maple Grove Rd.) Skunk Creek *Talmadge River *Tischer Creek Trib. to East Swan River (CR 5) Trib. to East Swan River (Koivu Rd.) Trib. to East Two River (CR 7) Trib. to Floodwood River (Hwy 73) Trib. to Floodwood River (Wawina Rd.) *Trib. to Kingsbury Creek Trib. to St. Louis R. (McGonagle Rd.) Trib. to St. Louis River (Creek Rd.) *Trib. to St. Louis River (Hwy 61) Trib. to St. Louis River (Pirtalla Rd.) *Trib. to Stewart River *Trib. to Thompson Reservoir *Trib. to Tischer Creek Trib. to Whiteface River Us-Kab-Wan-Ka River White Pine River

Appendix C. Ancillary Materials A) ACTIVITIES RELATED TO GRANT i) Presented poster at the North American Benthological Society’s 57th Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, MI. ii) Presented project to University of Minnesota Duluth students in Research Club and Fisheries Ecology. B) PRODUCTS i) We created an Access database containing water (5-min interval) and air (30-min interval) temperature data during July – September, 2008 for 52 study sites within Minnesota’s Lake Superior Basin. Data will be available upon request. Map products will be posted on the website when finalized.

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