Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Geosciences

First Advisor's Name

René M. Price

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Assefa M. Melesse

Third Advisor's Name

Dean Whitman

Keywords

Water Quality, Everglades National Park

Date of Defense

2-26-2013

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to investigate the effects of wetland restoration on the water balance, flushing time, and water chemistry of southern Taylor Slough, a major water way in Everglades National Park. Water balance and flushing time equations were calculated on a monthly time step from 2001 – 2011. Water chemistry of major ions and nutrients were analyzed and correlated with water flushing times. Results showed that evapotranspiration followed by water volume had the greatest influence on flushing time. The flushing times varied between 3 and 78 days, with longer times observed between October and December, and the shorter times between March and May. Ion concentrations at the coastal areas decreased with increased flushing times. Increased surface water inflow that resulted from restoration projects and water management changes were productive in the rainy season and should result in increased flushing times and decreased ion concentrations in Taylor Slough.

Identifier

FI13042207

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