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Wabash River Community Assessment

Ball State has been studying the fish communities of the Wabash River annually since 2000. Wabashriverprojectboat

This is continuation of a project that James Gammon at DePauw University began in 1974, providing a long term data set that is extremely useful to studying changes in fish communities. The field work includes collecting fishes at 28 sites using a boat electrofisher.

Two private corporations are the financial sponsors of the project: Eli Lilly and Company and Duke Energy.

The results show that the Wabash River still contains a high diversity of fish species. Pollution problems that were present in previous decades and resulted in fish kills are reduced.

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Department of Biology
Ball State University
Cooper Life Science Building, CL 121
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-8820
Fax: 765-285-8804