Analysis of the Arcade Creek Shows Lower Dissolved Oxygen Levels When Compared with the American River

Gabriela Rossetti
2020 International Journal of High School Research  
This paper outlines the differences in dissolved oxygen between the Arcade Creek and the American River located in California's Sacramento Valley as well as the plausibility that the Arcade Creek needs more attention to preserve its local ecosystem based on these results. A comparison was made using data collected over the span of several years by multiple stations along both water bodies. Such stations are analyzed individually to account for error and evaluated together to provide a basis of
more » ... provide a basis of comparison. Results show the American River has higher dissolved oxygen concentrations than the Arcade Creek. Prior research indicates the American River as being in good condition and so the Arcade Creek, having a lower dissolved oxygen content, is in need of environmental improvement. The results call for further investigation of the Arcade Creek the impacts urban development and roadside pollution have on its dissolved oxygen levels and the implications this has upon the local ecosystem reliant on the Arcade Creek.
doi:10.36838/v2i3.6 fatcat:ck5anuhzbbaudchdsmh4iglwpu