Canal Discharge Impacts on Fahka Union Bay

by John D. Wang, Univ of Miami, Miami, FL, USA,
Joan Browder, Univ of Miami, Miami, FL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


The effect of a large drainage canal's discharge on Fahka Union Bay's value as a nursery ground for estuarine-dependent fish and shellfish, including commercially and recreationally important species, is evaluated through data analysis and numerical modeling. The problem is complicated by the existence of other significant inputs of fresh water, as indicated by a linear regression model explaining 67-92% of the Bay's salinity variations. Numerical models are developed to provide a more detailed description of the salinity variations over time and space and to allow evaluation of the impact of control measures for the canal.

Subject Headings: Canals | Water discharge | Bays | Hydraulic models | Flow measurement | Salt water | Water discharge measurement | Numerical analysis

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