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dc.contributor.authorWayo, Lina
dc.contributor.authorMcConnell, Mark
dc.contributor.authorWenner, David
dc.contributor.authorNzengung, Valentine
dc.contributor.editorHatcher, Kathryn J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-18T21:59:28Z
dc.date.available2013-06-18T21:59:28Z
dc.date.issued2005-04
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/47817
dc.description.abstractIn August 2003, up to 14,000 gallons of used oil spilled into Hunnicutt creek, headwaters to the Middle Oconee River. This resulted in significant aquatic ecological damage documented by members of the Upper Oconee Watershed Network (UOWN). The biological score for Hunnicutt Creek determined after the spill was poor (<11). In February 2004, free oil phases were observed at various points on the water surface and sediments extending as far as the mouth of Hunnicutt, the entry point into the Middle Oconee River. Initial chemical analysis of the creek water in September 2003 was high in hydrocarbon concentrations, particularly dibenzo (a,h) anthracene (>345 μg/L) and hexadecane (178.66 mg/L). This was consistent with the poor biological score obtained in our September 2003 and January 2004 quarterly sampling at Ben Burton Park. The latter event yielded a poor biological score (12). The scores obtained in July 2004 were poor (7) closer to the contamination source but had returned good (20) at the creek’s mouth. A shallow depth (<15 cm) chemical analysis of the sediments did not detect any organic contaminants of concern and monitoring results for 2004 show signs of improvement. Hunnicutt may have attained a fair level of recovery through natural attenuation, which can only be confirmed through continual monitoring of the water, sediments, and the biological activity in the creek.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSponsored by: Georgia Environmental Protection Division U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Water Science Center U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Water Resources Institute The University of Georgia, Water Resources Facultyen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesGWRI2005. Poster and exhibit sessionen_US
dc.subjectWater resources managementen_US
dc.subjectHunnicutt Creeken_US
dc.subjectEcological damageen_US
dc.titleWatershed monitoring group programs: impact and assessment of oil and sewage spills in Hunnicutt Creek; Athens, Georgiaen_US
dc.typeProceedingsen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameUniversity of Georgiaen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameUpper Oconee Watershed Networken_US
dc.publisher.originalInstitute of Ecology, The University of Georgiaen_US
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