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Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions and Thermal Regime in Clythe Creek, Guelph, Ontario: Threats and Opportunities for Restoration

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dc.contributor.advisor Bradford, Dr. Andrea
dc.contributor.author Ashworth, Hailey
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-18T16:37:37Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-18T16:37:37Z
dc.date.copyright 2012-05
dc.date.created 2012-05-10
dc.date.issued 2012-05-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3665
dc.description.abstract Groundwater is an important source of baseflow. Baseflow supports minimum flows and living area through dry periods, and moderates surface water temperature. The reductions in baseflow after urbanization can cause degradation of the stream ecosystem. The purpose of this study was to investigate the groundwater-surface water interaction and thermal regime of Clythe Creek, Guelph to illustrate the importance of groundwater/streamflow interaction in determining the health of a stream ecosystem. Piezometers were used to quantify vertical and lateral groundwater flow direction, and surface water temperature measurements were used to characterize and quantify the thermal regime. Groundwater-surface water interaction varied both temporally and spatially between the two geomorphic units. Average summer surface water temperatures were consistently cooler in the downstream portion of the study reach. The importance of groundwater-surface water interactions in supporting stream ecosystems was concluded from this study, and restoration strategies to address threats from urbanization were made. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Ontario Research Fund (ORF) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject groundwater-surface water interaction en_US
dc.subject thermal regime en_US
dc.subject Clythe Creek, Guelph, Ontario en_US
dc.subject impacts of urbanization on stream environment en_US
dc.title Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions and Thermal Regime in Clythe Creek, Guelph, Ontario: Threats and Opportunities for Restoration en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Engineering en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Applied Science en_US
dc.degree.department School of Engineering en_US
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