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Correlations among seasonal water quality, discharge, weather, and coverage by submersed aquatic vegetation in the tidal Potomac River and Potomac Estuary, 1983-96

Open-File Report 98-657

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey has been cooperating with other scientists under the auspices of the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin to utilize existing data from the tidal Potomac River and Estuary for investigating linkages among living resources (primary producers, consumers) and abiotic components of the environment. Because the distribution and abundance of submersed aquatic vegetation in the tidal Potomac River and Estuary are controlled largely by light availability, the first step in investigating linkages with submersed aquatic vegetation is to examine the correlations that exist among vegetative cover, discharge, water quality and weather, all of which can affect light availability directly or indirectly. Growing season (April-October), spring (April-June), and summer (July-August) correlations are presented along with figures demonstrating the significant relationships among variables.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Correlations among seasonal water quality, discharge, weather, and coverage by submersed aquatic vegetation in the tidal Potomac River and Potomac Estuary, 1983-96
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
98-657
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1998
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey ; Branch of Information Services [distributor],
Description:
vi, 81 p. :ill., map ;28 cm.