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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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The overall objective of this research is to determine the relationship between the percent of a watershed covered by impervious surfaces and water quality in tidal creeks on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in an effort to provide local governments and citizens guidance in developing zoning plans. Our specific objectives were to:

(1) Determine the relationships between percent impervious surface in a watershed and concentrations of suspended sediments, nitrogen, phosphorus, chlorophyll a and fecal coliform bacteria in tidal creek headwaters;

(2) Examine these relationships with and without the inclusion of tomato cultivation to determine whether it should be included in the determination of percent impervious surface within a watershed.


Water quality -- Virginia -- Atlantic Coast, Water quality -- Eastern Shore (Md. and Va.), Pavements -- Environmental aspects -- Virginia -- Atlantic Coast