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

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dc.contributor.advisor Popovicova, Jarka en_US
dc.contributor.author Fiallos Celi, Diana E. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:41:49Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:41:49Z
dc.date.created 2008 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 2008 .F53 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/188492
dc.description.abstract The Prairie Creek Reservoir, located in east central Indiana in an agricultural watershed, serves as a secondary drinking water source as well as a recreational facility. Limited research of water quality performed at the reservoir has affected management decisions over the past years, threatening its future.. Consequently, additional investigation was necessary to examine the reservoir dynamics, and continue to provide data to determine long-term water quality trends. Basic water quality parameters were measured using a Hydrolab Sonde, nutrients were measured spectrophotometrically, and a Secchi disk was used to determine water transparency. The Prairie Creek Reservoir was categorized as an eutrophic water body. Concentrations of the measured nutrients were higher in the hypolimnion and increased as summer progressed. Concentration of ammonia and soluble reactive phosphorus exceeded the recommended water quality guidelines. Increased concentration of phosphorus has resulted in nitrogen limitation in the reservoir. Internal loading of nutrients, especially phosphorus, was found to deteriorate water quality. Dissolved oxygen concentrations varied vertically and anoxic conditions frequently reached 50% of the total reservoir depth. Reservoir restoration and watershed protection programs need to address internal P load and nitrogen limitation to prevent development of toxic algal blooms and eutrophication in the future. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management en_US
dc.format.extent xiv, 165 leaves : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Water quality -- Indiana -- Prairie Creek Reservoir -- Measurement. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Nutrient pollution of water -- Indiana -- Prairie Creek Reservoir. en_US
dc.title Water quality assessment of Prairie Creek Reservoir in Delaware County, Indiana en_US
dc.description.notes "December 2007."
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1391474 en_US

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