Water Quality Dynamics in Lake Lanier
Rasmussen, Todd C.
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We present a summary of water quality changes in Lake Lanier using data from 1966, 1973, 1991, and 1997. The data are used to characterize water quality variability a) at various locations within the lake, b) with depth below the surface, c) by season of the year, and d) over the thirty years of record. We focus on the physical, chemical and biological parameters related to nutrient cycling in Southeastern reservoirs, including temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, Secchi depth, TSS, and turbidity, specific conductance and alkalinity, chlorophyll a and biomass, and nutrients. Changes with depth dominate changes along the lake for most parameters, and short-term seasonal changes dominate long-term changes at most sites.