- Patton, David R.
Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
Water temperature affects fish by changing their metabolic rate, changing oxygen content of water, influencing hatching and development time, and influencing migration. Creating a more open forest in the water-producing zone can change water temperature in shallow, low-volume streams. Research is needed on how timber harvesting affects water temperature to produce guidelines to meet Federal Water Pollution Control standards for cold-water fish.