Aquatics

In this section you will find study guides for the Aquatics station. The test questions will be multiple choices or fill in the blank. There will be 20 test questions and 5 bonus questions. Please click on each of the links below for the study materials.

Aquatics

Many aquatics test materials are available via PDF files. You will need Adobe Reader on your personal computer to open the files. If you do not have this program on your computer, it is available as a free download. The options for download will appear when you try to open the file again if you do not have it on your computer. Remember you can always go to the local library to get help downloading the test material and accessing the web sites.

Regional study guide

Abiotic Factors

– Basic concepts on watersheds

http://water.epa.gov/type/rsl/monitoring/vms21.cfm

Biotic Factors

– Introduction to watershed ecology: watershed academy web

http://cfpub.epa.gov/watertrain/pdf/modules/WatershedEcology.pdf

– WV Save our Streams’ Benthic Macro-invertebrates field guide

http://www.dep.wv.gov/WWE/getinvolved/sos/Documents/Benthic/WVSOS_MacroIDGuide.pdf

– Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Field Guide for Georgia’s Streams

http://www.georgiaadoptastream.com/Manuals_etc/Bio_Chem/Macro_Key.pdf

– Aquatic Plants of South Florida (also applicable to Central Florida)

http://myfwc.com/media/617887/aquaticplantidentifier.pdf

– Sustainability of Cypress products: Evaluating Cypress Sustainability-FIA Data “in the Hot Seat”

http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_p056/rmrs_p056_40_brown.pdf  

–  Plant Management in Florida Waters:

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/manage/

– Proposed minimum flows and levels report for     the upper and middle Withlacoochee River – Draft:

                 https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/projects/mfl/reports/WithlacoocheeMFLReport.pdf

Aquatic Environments

http://flenvirothon.com/Studyguides/enviro_aquatic.pdf

Types of Wetlands

– Wetlands Types (includes Marshes, Swamps, Bogs and Fens)

http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/types_index.cfm

– Wetland Functions and Values

http://cfpub.epa.gov/watertrain/pdf/modules/WetlandsFunctions.pdf

– Hydrology of Central Florida Lakes – A Primer (USGS) – includes a very few lakes in our area -St Leo in Pasco and Lake Rousseau in Citrus  

http://floridaswater.com/minimumflowsandlevels/pdfs/USGS_hydrology_centfla_lakes.pdf

Water protection and conservation

– What are Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS)?

http://www.anstaskforce.gov/ans.php

– Summary of the Federal Clean Water Act: (SDWA)

http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/sdwa/upload/2009_08_28_sdwa_fs_30ann_sdwa_web.pdf

– The Quality of Our Nation’s Water

                  http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/FS-116-99/pdf/fs-116-99.pdf

         – Biology and Control of Aquatic Plants:

                  http://www.aquatics.org/bmp%203rd%20edition.pdf

Review and learn the following 20 plants from the UF IFAS Center of Aquatic and Invasive Plants website: http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/21

Air potato – Dioscorea Bulbifera

Alligator weed – Alternanthera philoxeroides

Arrowhead vine – Syngonium podophyllum

Baker’s cord grass – Sparina bakeri

Bald cypress – Taxodium distichum

Black needlerush – Juncus roemerianus

Brazilian pepper – tree – Schinus terebinthifolus

Carolina willow, coastalplain willow – Salix caroliniana

Creeping ox-eye – Wedelia trilobata

Eurasian water-milfoil – Myriophyllum spicatum

Giant reed – Arundo donax

Golden rain tree – Koelreuteria elegans

Hydrilla – Hydrilla verticillata

Loose water-milfoil – Myriophyllum laxum

Peruvian water primrose – Ludwigia peruviana

Pond cypress – Taxodium ascendens

Pickerelweed – Pontederia cordata

Royal fern – Osmunda regalis

Spatterdock – Nuphar luteum

Water lettuce – Pistia stratiotes

State Study Guide

http://www.eco-tan.org/documents/enviro_aquatic.pdf