Date of Award:

10-25-2011

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Watershed Sciences

Advisor/Chair:

Nancy O Mesner

Abstract

Dingle Marsh is a wetland complex separating the Bear River from Bear Lake. Flow direction through the marsh is controlled at four major inflow and outflow sites. These sites were chosen as monitoring sites to assess the suspended solid and nutrient transport through the marsh. High frequency turbidity measurements were collected at each site and used as a surrogate for total phosphorus (TP) and total suspended solid (TSS) concentrations. Loads of TP and TSS were calculated using flow data from the 2008 water year. Load calculations for TP and TSS were compiled at 30-minute intervals and annual mass balances were calculated for Dingle Marsh and Bear Lake. These calculations were used to identify the seasonal loading patterns within this system. This study found the majority of TSS and TP loading entered the marsh from the Bear River. As flows moved across the marsh, the loading of TSS and TP was greatly reduced. Seasonal flow patterns were analyzed to determine the loading patterns to Dingle Marsh, Bear Lake, and the Bear River. This study also identified water management strategies aimed at setting a target endpoint for TSS and TP loads.

Comments

This work made publicly available electronically on July 30, 2012.

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