Accession Number : ADA336959

Title :   Zebra Mussel Research Technical Notes. Impacts of Zebra Mussel Infestations on Water Quality. Section 1 - Environmental Testing.

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s) : Ashby, Steven L. ; Effler, Steven W.

PDF Url : ADA336959

Report Date : JAN 1998

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : Dense populations of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) have the potential to greatly impact water quality. By removing particulates and associated nutrients and contaminants from the water column and redistributing them to the sediments, zebra mussels affect water clarity, nutrient and contaminant cycling, and sediment quality. The purpose of this technical note describes potential changes in water quality as a result of zebra mussel infestations in aquatic systems, based on a review of the literature. The preliminary results of field studies to assess nutrient cycling are also presented. Important reference sources for more detailed information are listed at the conclusion of this technical note. Results of laboratory investigations to describe impacts at the sediment-water interface are presented in Technical Note ZMR-1-33.

Descriptors :   *NUTRIENTS, *ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, *ENVIRONMENTAL TESTS, *WATER QUALITY, *MUSSELS, *SEDIMENTS, *AQUATIC BIOLOGY, *PLANKTON, SOURCES, REMOVAL, LABORATORY TESTS, INTERFACES, POPULATION, CYCLES, HIGH DENSITY, CONTAMINANTS, PARTICULATES.

Subject Categories : Biology
      Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
      Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE