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Article by Calvin R. Fremling regarding mayflies as river toxicity and water quality monitors. Fremling is credited as "professor in the Department of Biology at Winona State University, Winona, MN." Abstract: "Analysis of Hexagenia mayfly distribution patterns has proven to be a simple, inexpensive method of monitoring water quality in the Upper Mississippi River. Burrowing Hexagenia nymphs live at the mud-water interface intimately associated with organically enriched sediments that have a strong affinity for contaminants. By their presence or absence in silted habitats, they assess the synergistic effects of hypoxia, toxins, and other stresses throughout the year. Adults are large and easily collected, providing inexpensive water quality monitoring on a river so large that comprehensive chemical, physical, and biological analyses are not logistically feasible or affordable. Pollution abatement in metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul allowed a recurrence of Hexagenia in formerly denuded areas of Pool 2 and Lake Pepin during the early 1980s, but the drought of 1988 caused a population crash in both areas, demonstrating that the environment at the mud-water interface was intolerable to Hexagenia during low flow conditions." Article originally from Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science, volume 55, number 1, 1989. Part of the Cal R. Fremling Collection.

Publication Date

1989

Publisher

Library

City

Winona, Minnesota

Keywords

Biologists; Mayflies; Pollution; Upper Mississippi River

Department

Special Collections-Library

Notes

1989

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Requests to reproduce this image must be granted by the Winona County Historical Society.

Contributing Institution

Winona County History Center-Armory Museum

Unique Identifier

2011.003.0132

Hexagenia mayflies: biological monitors of water quality in the Upper Mississippi River

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