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Sources of nutrients and metals in Hillman Creek

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Title: Sources of nutrients and metals in Hillman Creek
Author: Gaynor, J. D.
Abstract: The Hillman Creek watershed is representative of many intensively farmed regions in Ontario where the land use and sandy soil favor a high pollution potential. The extensive use of fertilizers and intensive crop management necessary for crop production could lead to nutrient enrichment of the drainage system. This study was initiated to quantify the suspended solids, nitrogen and phosphorus forms, soluble cations, and metals at selected sites in Hillman Creek; to relate the results to land use, i.e., predominantly rural housing and agriculture; and to locate point sources in the area, Watershed losses and the monthly distribution of these parameters were calculated for the various subwatersheds. Additional water samples were collected for analysis of biological indicator organisms, i.e., total and fecal coliforms, and fecal streptococci, contributed by housing and domestic animals.
Date: 1978
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