Potential societal and economic impacts of wastewater nutrient removal and recycling

C.W. Randall, Water Science and Technology

This scholarly article documents possible effects of nutrient pollution on estuaries and coastal waters. These effects include the impairment of ecosystems (food webs) and major reductions or collapse of fisheries at numerous sites around the world, resulting in major economical and societal impacts. The Chesapeake Bay dead zone is used as a case study for the causes, effects, and remediation plans and policies. The paper features diagrams of the dead zone, tables outlining hypoxia impacts in different dead zones worldwide, and a flowchart of remediation processes at the York River.

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Subject: Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Water Management and Policy
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Research Results
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/HydrogeologyKeyword: eutrophication