Water pollution, Water quality, Florida
The mass loadings of pollutants common in surface waters result from the discharges of many different sources. In the last few years it has been noted that nonpoint sources contribute more pollutants than point sources. This is because in many cases the point source discharges have been, by law, reduced drastically. In the State of Florida many water quality parameters were examined to estimate the mass loadings in streams related to, drainage area, average flow, land use, soil type and management practices. A total of sixteen streams were examined. The information was first calculated for mass loadings as a function of stream flow. Next the slopes and intercepts were related to drainage area. Both steps were accomplished using bi-variate regression analysis. The final results show a relationship of Total Organic Carbon, Orthophosphate, Total Phosphate and Nitrate to drainage area and stream flow. However, the final results of this study when related to another study in Florida showed different mass loading rates for TOC and TP. The differences were attributed to background levels of pollutants, local geology, hydrologic variability and management practices.
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Wanielista, Martin P.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
viii, 55 pages
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Water -- Pollution -- Florida, Water quality -- Florida
Miller, Charles D., "Mass Loadings of Selected Water Quality Parameters for the State of Florida" (1976). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 241.