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Effects of Industrial Waste on the Marine Environment

B. J. Copeland
Journal (Water Pollution Control Federation)
Vol. 38, No. 6 (Jun., 1966), pp. 1000-1010
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25035576
Page Count: 11
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Effects of Industrial Waste on the Marine Environment
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Abstract

Phosphate-phosphorus, Ohle anomalies, redox potential, species diversity, salinity, alkalinity, and chlorophyll a were measured in St. Joseph's Bay, Fla. Toxicity bioassays of several Texas industrial wastes were conducted, and community metabolism of three industrial effluents was measured. Effects of long periods of effluent retention were evaluated. High phosphorus concentrations, reducing Ohle anomalies and redox potential, and low species diversity in St. Joseph's Bay indicated some degree of organic pollution. Although some industrial effluents did not kill 50 percent of the fish, they caused a decided increase of the fish's metabolic rates. Long periods of retention allowed biological communities in industrial effluents to stabilize to the point of balance.

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