Reservoir Management for Improved Water Quality

by Gerald B. Jones, Burgess & Niple Ltd, Columbus, OH, USA,
G. D. Cooke, Burgess & Niple Ltd, Columbus, OH, USA,
R. Carlson, Burgess & Niple Ltd, Columbus, OH, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water for Resource Development

Abstract: In 1981, the City of Akron, Ohio initiated a multidisciplinary study to develop a reservoir management plan for its 3 reservoirs in the upper Cuyahoga River basin. The City sought possible solutions to increasing problems of taste, odors, and trihalomethanes in their potable water through reservoir and watershed management. The study resulted in recommendations to reduce primary production (plant biomass) in each of the reservoirs through actions to trap sediment and interrupt phosphorus availability. Alternatives for limiting phosphorus loading included; dredging, macrophyte (rooted aquatic plants) harvesting, phosphorus reduction in tributary waters, and reservoir sediment treatment.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Reservoirs | Quality control | Water pollution | Vegetation | Water treatment plants | Phosphorus | Water supply | Sediment | North America | Ohio | United States

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