Macroinvertebrate communities inhabiting surface mine wetlands of southwestern Virginia
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The findings of this study can be applied to ecological restoration. Wetland creation can be incorporated into current surface mine reclamation projects. To maximize the macro invertebrate community of reclamation wetlands, sites must be positioned to avoid water quality problems, excavated to have a deeper portion which will remain inundated during all or most of the year, and have a gradually sloping substrate from the deepest area to the land surface. The final criteria being indirectly related to the macroinvertebrate community by influencing the macrophyte production, richness, and litter.
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