Ten Year Study on Water Flushing Times and Water Quality in Southern Taylor Slough, Everglades National Park, FL
Master of Science (MS)
First Advisor's Name
René M. Price
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Assefa M. Melesse
Third Advisor's Name
Water Quality, Everglades National Park
Date of Defense
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.
Sandoval, Estefania, "Ten Year Study on Water Flushing Times and Water Quality in Southern Taylor Slough, Everglades National Park, FL" (2013). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 834.
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