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Study: Drought impacting fish populations

Changes may have long-term effects on river health

Shown is the Arkansas River south of Great Bend. This stretch of river, like others in Kansas, is seeing changes in fish populations that could lead to problems down the road.

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MANHATTAN – The Plains-parching drought gripping North American has caused dramatic changes in native fish communities, including those that call Arkansas River home, a Kansas State University researcher said. These changes could have a damaging impact on the health of the Ark as it trickles around Great Bend.
“A couple of key species that we have been studying have virtually disappeared where they historically were abundant,” said Keith Gido, a KSU biology professor who studies fish ecology and conservation of aquatic systems.
Gido and his team study state and federal endangered and threatened fish species in river ecosystems, including the Arkansas ...

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