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A Biological Study of the Conecuh-Escambia Rivers
in the Vicinity of Brewton, Alabama


Lawrence, J.

Date: 1981

Funding Agency: State of Alabama

Keywords: conecuh, escambia, river, water quality, limnology

Category: Domestic Funded Research Report

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1981 study is the eleventh yearly survey of water quality and

productivity of the Conecuh-Escambia Rivers conducted by

of the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture of

University. Prior to these studies on the stretch of these two

between Brewton, Alabama and Escambia Bay in Florida, the Institute of Paper
Chemistry of Appleton, Wisconsin had conducted 15 surveys. The primary
objective of these yearly surveys is to determine if

changes in water quality or biological productivity are evident

periods of low river flow. The water quality survey includes

of temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, alkalinity, free CO2, turbidity,
conductance, and carbon contents of these waters. Current biological studies
utilize standardized sets of benthic plate samplers, placed at fixed stations,
and for uniform periods of time each year. The results obtained by the 1981
survey are summarized in this report. It is noted that the Conecuh-Escambia
River system was again subjected to major flooding in the cooler months of
1981, but the water level during this year’s sampling period was lower than
normal for the season.

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