Simulation of soluble waste transport and buildup in surface waters using tracers

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Abstract

Soluble tracers can be used to simulate the transport and dispersion of soluble wastes that might have been introduced or are planned for introduction into surface waters. Measured tracer-response curves produced from the injection of a known quantity of soluble tracer can be used in conjunction with the superposition principle to simulate potential waste buildup in streams, lakes, and estuaries. Such information is particularly valuable to environmental and water-resource planners in determining the effects of proposed waste discharges.

The theory, techniques, analysis, and presentation of results of tracer-waste simulation tests in rivers, lakes, and estuaries are described. This manual builds on other manuals on dye tracing with emphasis on the expanded use of time-of-travel type data.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Simulation of soluble waste transport and buildup in surface waters using tracers
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 92-457
DOI 10.3133/ofr92457
Year Published 1992
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description xii, 68 p.
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