Eutrophic Utah Lake receives a large nutrient load from a variety of sources, includingtreated wastewater discharges, runoff and tributaries, recycling from bottom sediments andAtmospheric Deposition (AD). AD was the focus of this study and was comprised of twocomplementary parts. First was a study of nitrogen and phosphorus depositions from theatmosphere, and second was a study of phosphorous as contained in soils near Utah Lake viafractionation methods.The soil samples were found to contain approximately 1,000 mg-P/kg soil for totalphosphorus (TP). A separate phosphorus (P) fractionation gave slightly higher values, excludingthe residual P, we are 95% confident that one gram of sample soil contains between 2.2 and 4.3percent water soluble P, 0.6 to 1.1 percent loosely-bound P, 2.5 to 4.4 percent aluminum andiron-bound P, and 90.7 to 94.2 percent calcium-bound P.AD results indicate that during the period from April 1 to Nov 17, 2018, Utah Lakereceived approximately 58 tons of soluble reactive P, 153 tons of TP, 118 tons of nitrogen (N)from nitrate, and 387 tons of N from ammonium via AD.Nutrient quantities from AD are very large compared to the 17 ton/yr of P needed for aeutrophic loading to the lake. Because of the very large overall nutrient loading to Utah Lake, itis likely that some other limiting growth factors are controlling algal growth.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Civil and Environmental Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Reidhead, Joshua Glen, "Significance of the Rates of Atmospheric Deposition Around Utah Lake and Phosphorus-Fractionation of Local Soils" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 7685.
atmospheric deposition, nutrients, soluble reactive phosphorus, total phosphorus, nitrogen, eutrophic, loosely-bound P, aluminum and iron-bound P, and calcium-bound P