A METHOD FOR DETERMINING SALT SOURCES IN SURFACE WATERS'

Authors

  • Anne A. Shirinian-Orlando,

    1. Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, 68 Koenig Lane, Freehold, New Jersey 07728; and Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Cook College, P.O. Box 231, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903–0231.
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  • Christopher G. Uchrin

    1. Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, 68 Koenig Lane, Freehold, New Jersey 07728; and Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Cook College, P.O. Box 231, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903–0231.
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    Paper No. 99025 of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association.Discussions are open until April 1, 2001.

Abstract

ABSTRACT: This paper presents a method for determining the causes of salinization of surface waters, in this case the upper Colorado River and its tributaries in Texas. The analysis, which includes a combination of statistical analysis and graphical methods, indicates that among the sources of salt (e.g., saline ground water discharge into surface waters and storm runoff, both surface and shallow subsurface, and washing minerals into surface waters) the major contributor is saline ground water, which discharges into the river and streams. Data also points to salt plume intrusion into the river and streams from sources of salt in the aquifers.

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