Nutrient Fluxes from Turkey and Crane Creeks to the Indian River Lagoon, Florida
Philbeck, Ashley M.
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Harmful algal blooms in the Indian River Lagoon are an issue of increasing concern. They have been linked to increased loss of seagrass, marine mammal and seabird deaths, and decreasing water quality, all of which have detrimental effects on the local economy. This research determined the importance of stormwater runoff to concentrations and transport of dissolved nitrate, phosphate, and ammonium to Turkey and Crane Creeks. Baseline samples were collected weekly; then, sampling was carried out during three storm events. During storm events, the transport rates for nutrients in both Turkey and Crane Creek increased by 6- to 74-fold compared to the baseline transport rates.