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International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health


10.3390/ ijerph191610210




River landings are common public grounds, visited by many people every day. The aftermath of visiting these places may be unsettling since much trash is left behind and scattered throughout. The litter collects and with each rain or high wind, it has a better chance of ending up in our streams, rivers, creeks, and eventually our oceans. The main purpose of this study was to measure both air and water quality throughout the Ogeechee River basin in South Georgia to determine how each was impacted by trash. Ammonia, methane, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) along with temperature and humidity were also measured for air quality. Water quality parameters for this study were derived from the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream method. Conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH, water temperature, and Escherichia coli counts were taken every two weeks at three locations: Rocky Ford Landing along the Ogeechee River, Rocks River Landing on the Canoochee River, and Little Lotts Creek located in the center of Statesboro, Georgia. Each Monday, from 17 January 2022 to 17 May 2022, selected air pollutants were sampled ten times at each location. The data show higher trends in air and water pollution where trash is found—the highest with Rocks River Landing and Little Lotts Creek showing trends supporting the hypothesis that trash may impact air and water quality in these areas. The potential contamination of river landings and creeks may contribute to increased levels of airborne and waterborne gas levels and microbial loads near the river water surfaces.


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