SED Research Report No. 20: Bottom Deposits in a River and Their Potential Effects on Oxygen Concentrations

Sanitary Engineering Research Committee

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1958, Vol. 84, Issue 5, Pg. 1-7

Document Type: Journal Paper


The oxygen demand of organic materials accumulated on the bottom of a stream reduces the dissolved oxygen concentration in the flowing water. The oxygen demands of bottom deposits collected from the Connecticut River below Holyoke, Springfield, and West Springfield, are presented. Included is a discussion concerning the importance of evaluating the effects of such bottom deposits in any study of the pollution assimilative capacity of a stream.

Subject Headings: Oxygen demand | River and stream beds | Oxygen | Water pollution | Dissolved oxygen | Organic matter | Water demand | Connecticut | United States

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