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Project ID: CO1761

Title: Applicability of Trophic Status Indicators to Colorado Plains Reservoirs

Focus Categories: Nutrients, Management and Planning

Keywords: Reservoirs, Eutrophication, Trophic status index

Start Date: 03/01/2001

End Date: 02/28/2002

Federal Funds: $4,166

Non-Federal Matching Funds: $8,334

Congressional District: 4th

Principal Investigator:
John D. Stednick
Professor, Colorado State University


Eutrophication of reservoirs along the South Platte River in eastern Colorado is caused by excess nutrient inputs. Measures of eutrophication include nutrient concentrations, as well as algae or specifically chlorophyll concentrations and water transparency. Trophic Status Indices (TSI) are used to evaluate the trophic status of reservoirs. Over the years, many TSI have been developed and used to monitor water quality changes in aquatic systems. We propose to evaluate the applicability of commonly used TSI for describing the trophic status of reservoirs along the South Platte River. The study will also develop a narrative standard for nutrients in reservoirs in Colorado. The results will aid in better water quality management and decision-making.

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