Water Quality Lab

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Water Quality Lab Emilie Lowe RLEM 301 March 28, 2008
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INTRODUCTION : For most living organisms, water is the essential element that sustains all life. Water quality issues influence human and environmental health in more ways than one. The term water quality is used to describe the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of water, usually in respect to its suitability for a particular purpose (USGS.gov 1). In today’s society water quality has become a big issue due to the increasing population and urban expansion and development. According to the EPA 40 percent of the nation’s waterways remain too polluted for recreational use. In order to change this and help make our water supply cleaner it is important that we perform water quality testing on our rivers, lakes, streams, etc… to maintain the proper standards needed to insure good water quality. STUDY AREA: For this lab report we went to the Little Brazos River, located in Bryan, Texas. The weather outside on the day that we went was clear and sunny with light winds and an air temperature of 14.5 degrees Celsius. The water level was in between a low and normal stage, one could tell that it was not at its highest level due to the water marks in the soil and rocks. The water surface had ripples in certain spots and white caps in spots where the water was flowing fast over rocks. The appearance of the water was cloudy with a
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