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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Chesapeake Research Consortium Publication no. 30.


The goal of the CRC/RANN Waste Water Program is to provide the tools to management agencies which will enable them to make sound quantitative decisions on the siting of future sewage outfalls and the upgrading or elimination of existing sewage treatment plants. Obviously, the available funds do not permit extensive field studies at every possible outfall site. Therefore, some system is needed which will allow data to be transferred from one area to other areas within the Bay which have similar characteristics. A system of "segmentation"., as suggested by Dr. D. W. Pritchard, was chosen by the Scientific Management Advisory Committee as the appropriate vehicle to achieve this transferability of the data. The following sections describe the philosophy for segmentation., the criteria to be used and two examples of the segmentation process using the Patuxent and Elizabeth River Estuaries as models.

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Contribution (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) no. 626.

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