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Tommy Frey ISP 217L 11/4/2007 Flow and Turbidity Introduction Turbidity is how much sediment and particle substance is suspended in the water. Turbidity is defined as the concentration of particles in > 1 um in size that are suspended within the water. The Red Cedar River has quite a bit of turbidity as you can tell because of the dark murky color of the water. A lot of this has to do with the fact that all the rain water in the Red Cedar watershed runs off right off into the river, with no filtering system. This causes a lot of sediment from the soil and streets or sidewalks to run into the river. Scientists study the turbidity of a river to figure out how much sediment is being carried to other bodies of water, and to make keep tabs on the quality of the river. Many organisms live in rivers and some can only live in a certain amount of turbidity, if the turbidity gets to high then a whole habitat can be ruined. In this lab we will conducts experiments gather information in order to calculate the rivers flow, turbidity, discharge, and load. I believe that with an increase in turbidity in the water the flow will also increase. This is due to the fact that with and increase in velocity and flow of the water the discharge also increases causing more sediment to enter the water and more sediment to be kicked up from the bottom of the river.
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