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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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The Ware River Intensive Watershed Study contains results of runoff from small catchments, instream transport of runoff and the impacts on estuarine water quality, which are contained in two volumes: 1. Nonpoint Source Pollution and 2. Estuarine Receiving Water Quality

Estuarine Studies: The Ware River is a relatively "clean" estuarine system. However, during summer months some of the nutrients, particularly inorganic phosphorous and organic nitrogen, achieve levels associated with moderate enrichment. The Ware is typical of other small tributaries of Chesapeake Bay: nutrient levels are higher at low tide, the estuary is more homogenous laterally than longitudinally, and vertical gradients exist for dissolved oxygen , total phosphorous, and suspended solids.


Water -- Pollution -- Virginia -- Ware River Watershed, Water quality -- Virginia -- Ware River Watershed, Water quality -- Virginia -- Ware River Estuary