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An approach for the evaluation of efficacy of wetlands-based phosphorus control programs for eutrophication-related water quality improvement in downstream waterbodies

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It has been suggested that re-creation of the marshes that used to exist in the Lake Okeechobee watershed is the key to the prevention of further eutrophication of this Florida lake. This paper presents a review of the information available on water quality characteristics of this lake and characteristics of its watershed and presents an evaluation of the potential impact of this management alternative on Lake Okeechobee's eutrophication-related water quality. While data were limited and recommendations were made specifying study needs, it was concluded that the construction of the proposed wetlands may have limited impact on eutrophication-related water quality of the lake.

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Jones, R.A., Lee, G.F. An approach for the evaluation of efficacy of wetlands-based phosphorus control programs for eutrophication-related water quality improvement in downstream waterbodies. Water Air Soil Pollut 14, 359–378 (1980). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00291849

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Keywords

  • Phosphorus
  • Water Quality
  • Quality Improvement
  • Control Program
  • Quality Characteristic