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Effects of livestock activity on surface water quality

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Title: Effects of livestock activity on surface water quality
Author: Beak Consultants Limited
Abstract: The objective of this study is to evaluate the losses of nutrients and bacteria to surface water due to the effects of livestock activities in the Little Ausable River Sub-basin (Watershed AG-3). The following investigations were selected to attain this goal: 1. To determine the annual flux of nutrients into surface waters of the drainage basin from different segments of the basin representing various types and levels of livestock operations. 2. To determine the seasonal baseline and event contributions to this total flux of nutrients. 3. To determine in which form the nutrients, nitrogen and phosphorus are transported. 4. To determine the effects of various livestock operations and practices on the release of total and fecal coliforms to surface waters. 5. To determine the effect of drained versus undrained fields upon the flux of nutrients and bacteria into surface waters.
Date: 1977
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