Water quality assessment of Prairie Creek Reservoir tributaries in Delaware County, Indiana

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dc.contributor.advisor Pichtel, John, 1957-
dc.contributor.author Ferguson, Jeremy D.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-23T13:54:08Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-23T13:54:08Z
dc.date.issued 2015-06-17
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/199849
dc.description.abstract Prairie Creek Reservoir was located in east-central Indiana within an agricultural watershed. The reservoir served as a secondary source of drinking water for the city of Muncie and provided various recreational amenities. Previous research had focused on water quality in the reservoir, and land management decisions were performed based on those studies. The current study was conducted to obtain baseline physical and chemical data on the five major tributaries of Prairie Creek Reservoir, and to determine how agricultural land use impacted water quality via tributary sub-watersheds. Water temperature, dissolved oxygen and pH were measured over the course of 133 days; additionally, concentrations of nitrate, ammonium, and phosphorus species were analyzed. Discharge was measured using a Flowtracker®. Dissolved oxygen concentrations were below Indiana Administrative Code (IAC) guidelines; total phosphorus and particulate phosphorus significantly differed between several tributaries; whereas total nitrogen and nitrate concentrations did not significantly differ, which indicated consistent nitrogen concentrations throughout the watershed. Shave Tail Creek produced the largest nutrient load per kg/km2/yr.; nevertheless, Carmichael Ditch was ranked the worst tributary among the other sampling locations in terms of overall water quality. Best management practices should be implemented at Carmichael Ditch and Shave Tail Creek to sustain reservoir water quality. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
dc.subject.lcsh Water quality -- Indiana -- Prairie Creek Region.
dc.subject.lcsh Nutrient pollution of water -- Indiana -- Prairie Creek Region.
dc.subject.lcsh Agricultural pollution -- Indiana -- Prairie Creek Region.
dc.subject.other Prairie Creek Reservoir (Ind.)
dc.title Water quality assessment of Prairie Creek Reservoir tributaries in Delaware County, Indiana en_US
dc.title.alternative Title on signature form: Water quality assessment of Prairie Creek Reservoir tributaries Delaware County, Indiana
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1801707

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