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Water quality--Measurement; Drainage; Streamflow


The effects of man-made drainage systems on the water quality of receiving bodies Is relatively unknown. During the ice-free season of 1979, thirteen drainage ditches and f our rivers were sampled at intervals of three to eight days. With increasing flow, total orthophosphatephosphorous, total Kjeldahl-nitrogen, nitrate-nitrogen and total dissolved solids increased, but not proportionately to f low, with total orthophosphate-phosphorous showing the least proportionality. Variation was observed in each ditch and river when broken down seasonally for each parameter. Generally, when the percentage of flow was greater in one of the three seasons, the percentage of each of the other parameters followed the same trend.

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