Chemistry and microbiology of a sewage spill in South San Francisco Bay.

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During September 1979, the breakdown of a waste treatment plant resulted in discharge of 1.5 X 107 m3 of primary- treated sewage into a tributary of South San Francisco Bay. Chemical and microbial changes occurred within the tributary as decomposition and nitrification depleted dissolved oxygen. Associated with anoxia were relatively high concentrations of particulate organic carbon, dissolved CO2, CH4, C2H4, NH4+, and fecal bacteria, and low phytoplankton biomass and photosynthetic oxygen production. South San Francisco Bay experienced only small changes in water quality, presumably because of its large volume and the assimilation of wastes that occurred within the tributary. Water quality improved rapidly in the tributary once normal tertiary treatment resumed. -Authors

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Chemistry and microbiology of a sewage spill in South San Francisco Bay.
Series title Estuaries
Volume 6
Issue 4
Year Published 1983
Language English
Contributing office(s) California Water Science Center, San Francisco Bay-Delta, Pacific Regional Director's Office
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Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Estuaries
First page 399
Last page 406
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