Nutrient analysis of sediment interstitial water of the Prairie Creek Reservoir, Indiana

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dc.contributor.advisor Popovicova, Jarka en_US
dc.contributor.author Matheny, Sarah E. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:41:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:41:28Z
dc.date.created 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 2007 .M38 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/188342
dc.description.abstract Prairie Creek Reservoir in east central Indiana serves as a secondary water supply for the city of Muncie and is also used as a recreational facility. Due to water quality concerns, this study was conducted to characterize spatial and temporal variability of physical and chemical parameters, specifically nutrients, in the sediment interstitial (pore) water at three reservoir locations. The pH, temperature, specific conductivity, ammonia, nitrates, total nitrogen, orthophosphates and total phosphorus, were monitored twice per month from June through September 2006. Spatial variations in the sediment interstitial water were evident for all water quality parameters, except phosphorus and orthophosphates. Variability in temporal nutrient concentrations in pore water was most likely affected by decomposition of organic matter and presence of anoxic conditions in the overlying water. The results showed high internal nutrient loading, especially from phosphorus, in the sediment interstitial water. Under anoxic conditions, these excessive nutrient concentrations within the sediment can be released into the water column and exacerbate eutrophication of the reservoir. This study provides useful assessment of internal nutrient loading in the Prairie Creek Reservoir sediment that should be considered in the implementation of land management strategies and future land development practices in the reservoir watershed.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
dc.format.extent x, 99 leaves : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Nutrient pollution of water -- Indiana -- Prairie Creek Reservoir. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pore water -- Indiana -- Prairie Creek Reservoir -- Composition. en_US
dc.title Nutrient analysis of sediment interstitial water of the Prairie Creek Reservoir, Indiana en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1366301 en_US


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