Modeling Initial Mixing of Ocean Wastewater Discharges to Develop Toxic Effluent Limitations

by Christopher C. Obropta, (A.M.ASCE), Omni Environmental Corp, Princeton, United States,
Scott T. Taylor, (A.M.ASCE), Omni Environmental Corp, Princeton, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


The UM model, released by USEPA in 1992, was utilized to simulate the initial mixing of a discharge to the Atlantic Ocean near Ocean City, New Jersey. The study included field verification of the model via a dye study, establishment of critical conditions via long-term data collection, and simulation of the system under critical conditions to determine acute and chronic dilution factors. These dilution factors are then applied to surface water quality criteria for toxic substances to determine effluent limitations.

Subject Headings: Water discharge | Wastewater management | Ocean engineering | Effluents | Water quality | Toxicity | Data collection | Atlantic Ocean | New Jersey | United States

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