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Dynamics of diffuse pollution from US southern watersheds

January 1, 2001

To understand the effects of diffuse pollution information on the source of pollutants, quantities in transport, mode of transport, transient nature of the pollution event, and most importantly, a consideration of remediation efforts need to be known. For example, water quality research in the Yazoo Basin uplands in Mississippi has shown sediment loads from a conventional-till upland soybean watershed to be about 19,000kg/ha/yr, and responsible for 77-96% of P and N in transport. In contrast, sediment loads from a comparable no-till soybean watershed were only 500kg/ha/yr, transporting about 31% of P and N in transport. Sediment loads from a nearby forested area were low, about 200kg/ha/yr, but responsible for about 47-76% of P and N in transport. Transient pollution events are responsible for the transport of large quantities of sediment, nutrients, and pesticides; in some storm events nearly the annual load. Best management practices (BMPs) must be designed to remediate diffuse pollution and the transient nature of pollution events which can have a profound effect on the ecological health of steams and reservoirs. Copyright ?? 2001 .

Publication Year 2001
Title Dynamics of diffuse pollution from US southern watersheds
DOI 10.1016/S0043-1354(00)00510-8
Authors J.D. Schreiber, R.A. Rebich, C.M. Cooper
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Water Research
Index ID 70023341
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse