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Journal of Environmental Quality Abstract -

Phosphorus Flux from Bottom Sediments in Lake Eucha, Oklahoma


This article in JEQ

  1. Vol. 34 No. 2, p. 724-728
    Received: May 14, 2004

    * Corresponding author(s): haggard@uark.edu
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  1. B. E. Haggard *a,
  2. P. A. Mooreb and
  3. P. B. DeLaunec
  1. a USDA-ARS, Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit, 203 Engineering Hall, Fayetteville, AR 72701
    b Jr., USDA-ARS, Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit, 110 Agriculture Hall, Fayetteville, AR 72701
    c Biological Engineering Department, University of Arkansas, 203 Engineering Hall, Fayetteville, AR 72701


Phosphorus inputs into reservoirs include external sources from the watershed and internal sources from the reservoir bottom sediments. This study quantified sediment P flux in Lake Eucha, northeastern Oklahoma, USA, and evaluated the effectiveness of chemical treatment to reduce sediment P flux. Six intact sediment–water columns were collected from three sites in Lake Eucha near the reservoir channel at depths of 10 to 15 m. Three intact sediment and water columns from each site were incubated for 21 d at approximately 22°C under aerobic conditions, and three were incubated under anaerobic conditions (N2 with 300 ppm CO2); sediment P flux was estimated over the 21 d for each core. The overlying water in the cores was bubbled with air for approximately 1 wk and then treated with aluminum sulfate (alum). The cores were incubated at approximately 22°C for an additional 14 d under aerobic or anaerobic conditions, and sediment P flux after alum treatment was estimated for each core. Sediment P flux was approximately four times greater under anaerobic conditions compared with aerobic conditions. Alum treatment of the intact sediment–water columns reduced (8×) sediment P flux under anaerobic conditions. Internal P flux (1.03 and 4.40 mg m−2 d−1 under aerobic and anaerobic conditions, respectively) was greater than external P flux (0.13 mg m−2 d−1). The internal P load (12 Mg yr−1) from reservoir bottom sediments was almost 25% of the external P load (approximately 48 Mg yr−1) estimated using a calibrated watershed model.

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