Thermal and dissolved oxygen characteristics of a South Carolina cooling reservoir

Water Resources Bulletin



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Temperature and dissolved oxygen concentrations were measured monthly from January 1971 to December 1982 at 1m depth intervals at 13 stations in Keowee Reservoir in order to characterize spatial and temporal changes associated with operation of the Oconee Nuclear Station. The reservoir water column was 1 to 4A?C warmer in operational than in nonoperational years. The thermocline was at depths of 5 to 15 m before the operation of Oconee Nuclear Station, but was always below the upper level of the intake (20 m) after the station was in full operation; this suggests that pumping by the Oconee Nuclear Station had depleted all available cool hypolimnetic water to this depth. As a result summer water temperatures at depths greater than 10 m were usually 10A?C higher after plant operation began than before. By fall the reservoir was nearly homothermous to a depth of 27 m, where a thermocline developed. Seasonal temperature profiles varied with distance from the plant; a cool water plume was evident in spring and a warm water plume was present in the summer, fall, and winter. A cold water plume also developed in the northern section of the reservoir due to the operation of Jocassee Pumped Storage Station. Increases in the mean water temperature of the reservoir during operational periods were correlated with the generating output of the power plant. The annual heat load to the reservoir increased by onethird after plant operations began. The alteration of the thermal stratification of the receiving water during the summer also caused the dissolved oxygen to mix to greater depth.

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Thermal and dissolved oxygen characteristics of a South Carolina cooling reservoir
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