Assessing Nonpoint Water Quality for Small Streams

by Michael E. Meadows, (A.M.ASCE), Asst.Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.,
James M. Green, 208 Project Dir.; First Tennessee-Virginia Development District, Johnson City, Tenn.,
Dennis W. Weeter, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 6, Pg. 1119-1133

Document Type: Journal Paper


The procedures and results of an assessment study of water quality in a small stream impacted only by nonpoint source pollution are presented. Also, considerations for the design of a small stream monitoring survey are discussed. A mathematical model for water quality in small streams was applied to the monitoring data and estimates of the nonpoint source water quality were obtained. An attempt was made to interpret the nonpoint quality in terms of land use.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Nonpoint pollution | Water pollution | Quality control | Rivers and streams | Hydrologic models | Hydraulic design | Geomatic surveys

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