Abstract

Provo Bay of Utah Lake, Utah, receives the effluents from farms, industry, and three cities. In order to determine the effects of these effluents, eleven stations were established throughout the Bay. At weekly intervals from June 19 to October 26, 1970, and monthly thereafter until March, 1971, the water at these stations was sampled for dissolved oxygen (DO}, carbon dioxide (CO2), turbidity, pH, phosphates, nitrates, biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and coliform bacteria. Due to intense algal blooms, the quality of the water changes as it passes through Provo Bay. Average values for the inflow, mid-Bay, and point of discharge respectively during the summer are as follows: DO, 5.4--10.2--6.9 mg/l; CO2, 38--0--6 mg/l; turbidity, 19--80--57 Jackson Turbidity Units; pH, 7. 5--9. 0--7. 2; phosphates, 3. 62--0. 94--0.15 mg/l; nitrates, 0.71--0.08--0.00 mg/l; BOD, 17--27--9 mg/l; and coliforms, 31,000--31--0/100 ml. These results indicate that during the summer Provo Bay is acting as a tertiary treatment pond for the effluents which it receives.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Plant and Wildlife Sciences

Rights

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Date Submitted

1971-08-01

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/Letd310

Keywords

Water, Pollution; Water, Purification; Provo Bay (Utah); Utah Lake (Utah); Lakes, Utah

Language

English

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