Water quality inventory of select parameters for the Maumee River at Waterville, Ohio

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The Maumee River Basin has a drainage basin of approxiately 6,600 square miles and as a result it may be subjected to water quality degradation (Herdemorf, 1966, p.41). In order to ascertain whether a pollution problem exists 18 parameters indicative of the general water chemistry are evaluated. The scope consists of three main investigations: 1. Analysing water quality resources from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for the years from 1965 through 1984. 2. Investigating discharge permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on industrial, municipal, and agricultural faucets. 3. Correlating water quality data to industrial, municipal, and agricultural faucets. The locus point is in Waterville, Ohio where the USGS has provided water quality data for select parameters. Using individual amounts of the parameters coupled with the EPA approved standards I synthesized a study displaying acceptable margins of the parameters and determined deviant pollution patterns from the water resource years of 1965 through 1984. In order to investigate the pollution sources I examined the discharge emissions of industrial, municipal, and agricultural faucets. Discharge permits allowed pinpoint analysis of select pollution parameters and to investigate pollution violations if the parameters were above approved EPA standards. Data processed from October, 1965 to February, 1984 indicated that the water quality levels for the 18 parameters were not in violation of the set standards at the Waterville, Ohio monitoring station. In fact, 16 parameters exhibited positive proof that the pollution levels are actually decreasing. In summary, the Maumee River at Waterville, Ohio is improving in her general health and no significant pollution problems exist in this area.