Departmental Reports


Title:

Eutrophication of Alabama Lakes: Position Paper



Author(s):

Eutrophication Committee of the Alabama Fisheries Association



Date: 1996



Funding Agency: unknown



Keywords: eutrophication, alabama, lakes, reservoirs, pollution, water quality, limnology



Category: Domestic Funded Research Report



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Summary/Recommendations/Objectives:

WHEREAS,

 

the Alabama Fisheries Association is an organization comprised


of aquatic resource scientists and managers concerned v.rith protection and
improvement of Alabama surface waters.
WHEREAS,

 

recent economic studies have estimated the recreational value of


Alabama surface waters at well over

 

$1 billion a year.


WHEREAS,

 

eutrophication caused by nutrient enrichment has been identified


by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) as an
impairment or threat to thousands of surface acres of Alabama's multiple-use
lakes.
WHEREAS,

 

ADEM lake monitoring data reveal a steady increase in trophic


status (eutrophication) of many Alabama lakes, some (e.g. Coosa river lakes)
to significantly elevated levels.
WHEREAS,

 

Alabama does not currently require permitted dischargers to


monitor and report the nutrient content of their waste effluent, making it

Alabama does not currently have specific water quality criteria


that relate directly to nutrient enrichment or to the biological manifestations
of nutrient enrichment.
THEREFORE,

 

be it resolved that, the Alabama Fisheries Association


recommends to all relevant state and federal agencies, the following action:
1)

 

require all major NPDES dischargers (

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