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Water quality and fish populations of the Welland River, Ontario /

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dc.contributor.author Steele, Peter Owen. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-15T17:00:34Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-15T17:00:34Z
dc.date.issued 1981-06-15T17:00:34Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/1599
dc.description.abstract The water quality and fish populations of the Welland River were observed to decline with distance downstream. This coincided with increased agricultural , domestic and industrial waste loadings. The river upstream of the City of Welland received considerable loadings from agricultural sources. Centrarchids, sciaenids, ictalurids, cyprinids and esocids characterized this upper section of the river. Most of these species were tolerant of low dissolved oxygen concentrations and the high turbidity which prevailed there . The river near Port Robinson receives many industrial and domestic wastes as evidenced by the water quality data. The fish in this section were less abundant and the observed population was comprised almost solely of cyprinids. Further downstream, near Montrose, the Welland River received shock loads of chemical wastes that exceeded a specific conductance of ISiOOO ;umhos/cm. Few fish were captured at this site and those that were captured were considered to be transients. A review of the literature revealed that none of the common indices of water quality in use today could adequately predict the observed distributions. In addition to the above, the long-term trend (l3 yrs) of water quality of the lower Welland River revealed a gradual improvement. The major factor thought to be responsible for this improvement was the operation of the Welland Sewage Treatment Plant. The construction of the New Welland Ship Canal coincided with large fluctuations of the total solids and other parameters downstream. These conditions prevailed for a maximum of three years (1972- 1975)' Furthermore, spawning times and temperatures, geographic distributions, length-weight regressions and many other descriptive aspects of the ecology of some 26 species/ taxa of fish were obtained. Several of these species are rare or new to southern Ontario. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Water quality en_US
dc.subject Fish populations en_US
dc.title Water quality and fish populations of the Welland River, Ontario / en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name M.Sc. Biological Sciences en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Biological Sciences en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Mathematics and Science en_US


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