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Blackside Dace Protection and Enhancement Plan

Davis Creek, Tennessee

Copperhead Consulting was hired to develop a Protection and Enhancement Plan for the blackside dace within the watershed of proposed mining activities located in the Davis Creek system of Campbell County, TN. The federally threatened blackside dace (Phoxinus cumberlandensis) had been previously documented in Davis Creek and its tributary, Sandlick Branch. For this reason, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Office of Surface Mining (OSM) requested that blackside dace and benthic macroinvertebrate sampling be conducted in these streams in order to develop baseline information and to monitor the stream during mining and reclamation activities. Because it was one of the first studies of its kind, Copperhead Consulting worked closely with the OSM and the USFWS to develop and implement a study that would effectively establish baseline conditions for fish and macroinvertebrate communities and then monitor the health of the populations once mining commences. To date, Copperhead Consulting has completed the baseline surveys and will continue to monitor the streams once mining operations begin.

This project utilized the following services:
Aquatic Ecology, Environmental Regulation, Water & Soil Sampling/Monitoring