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Contribution of on-site treatment and disposal systems on coastal nutrient loading

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2005
Summary:
When onsite treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS) are not properly sited, they can be a potential risk to public health and a source of environmental degradation. In Florida, OSTDS location has proven to be problematic from a water resources perspective. The objective of this study is to quantify the pollutant loading contributions from OSTDS on coastal canals, with regard to nutrients and pathogens indicators (Total Coliform, E. coli, Enterococcus). Two similar single-family residential locations were identified: Dania Beach, FL (with 100% OSTDS) and Hollywood, FL (with 100% sewer). Field studies were conducted during the height of the wet and dry seasons. During the wet season, surface water quality of the canal was affected by an OSTDS contribution with higher levels of nutrients and pathogens indicators. During the dry season, no OSTDS impact was detected. OSTDS appear to work properly during the dry season.
Title: Contribution of on-site treatment and disposal systems on coastal nutrient loading.
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Name(s): Morin, Frederic.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Meeroff, Daniel E., Thesis advisor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 182 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: When onsite treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS) are not properly sited, they can be a potential risk to public health and a source of environmental degradation. In Florida, OSTDS location has proven to be problematic from a water resources perspective. The objective of this study is to quantify the pollutant loading contributions from OSTDS on coastal canals, with regard to nutrients and pathogens indicators (Total Coliform, E. coli, Enterococcus). Two similar single-family residential locations were identified: Dania Beach, FL (with 100% OSTDS) and Hollywood, FL (with 100% sewer). Field studies were conducted during the height of the wet and dry seasons. During the wet season, surface water quality of the canal was affected by an OSTDS contribution with higher levels of nutrients and pathogens indicators. During the dry season, no OSTDS impact was detected. OSTDS appear to work properly during the dry season.
Identifier: 9780496984664 (isbn), 13224 (digitool), FADT13224 (IID), fau:10081 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2005.
Subject(s): Estuarine ecology
Sewage disposal--Florida
Sewage--Purification--Nitrogen removal
Land treatment of wastewater--Florida
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