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Effects of municipal wastewater discharges on aquatic communities, Boise River, Idaho

Water Resources Bulletin

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.1990.tb01371.x

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Abstract

Aquatic communities in the Boise River were examined from October 1987 to March 1988 to determine whether they were adversely affected by trace elements in effluents from two Boise wastewater treatment facilities. Trace-element concentrations in the Boise River were less than or near analytical-detection levels and were less than chronic toxicity criteria when detectable. Insect communities colonizing artificial substrates upstream and downstream from the wastewater treatment facilities were strongly associated, and coefficients of community loss indicated that effluents had benign enriching effects. The distributions of trace-element-intolerant mayflies indicated that trace-element concentrations in effluents did not adversely affect intolerant organisms in the Boise River. Condition factor of whitefish was significantly increased downstream from the Lander Street wastewater treatment facility and was significantly decreased downstream from the West Boise wastewater treatment facility.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Effects of municipal wastewater discharges on aquatic communities, Boise River, Idaho
Series title:
Water Resources Bulletin
DOI:
10.1111/j.1752-1688.1990.tb01371.x
Volume
26
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Water Resources Association
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Water Resources Bulletin
First page:
279
Last page:
287