Proposal Title

Assessment of Algal Diversity and Water Quality in Lake Lanier, Georgia

Primary Faculty Mentor’s Name

Melba Horton

Proposal Track

Student

Session Format

Poster

Abstract

Algae serve as producers in aquatic environments with important industrial applications. Certain species however, posed problems including harmful algal blooms. Lake Lanier is the source of water for Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Algal diversity in the water however, is not yet reported. This study aimed to determine algal species diversity in Lake Lanier tributaries as it relates to water quality. It is hypothesized that the different tributaries have no significant difference in terms of algal diversity, water quality, and level of pollution. Four tributaries including the Chestatee River, Flat Creek, Boling Bridge, and Buford Dam were used as sampling sites during summer of 2014. Algal samples were obtained using plankton net and brought to the UNG laboratory for identification and quantitation. Water parameters such as dissolved oxygen, pH, total dissolved solids, conductivity, salinity, turbidity, and secchi depth were all determined in situ using different apparatus. Results of the water quality monitoring and statistical analysis (ANOVA, p

Keywords

Algae, Species diversity, Lake Lanier, Water quality, Flat Creek, Buford Dam, Boling Bridge, Chestatee River, Total dissolved solids, Turbidity

Location

Concourse/Atrium

Presentation Year

2014

Start Date

11-15-2014 9:40 AM

End Date

11-15-2014 10:55 AM

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Assessment of Algal Diversity and Water Quality in Lake Lanier, Georgia

Concourse/Atrium

Algae serve as producers in aquatic environments with important industrial applications. Certain species however, posed problems including harmful algal blooms. Lake Lanier is the source of water for Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Algal diversity in the water however, is not yet reported. This study aimed to determine algal species diversity in Lake Lanier tributaries as it relates to water quality. It is hypothesized that the different tributaries have no significant difference in terms of algal diversity, water quality, and level of pollution. Four tributaries including the Chestatee River, Flat Creek, Boling Bridge, and Buford Dam were used as sampling sites during summer of 2014. Algal samples were obtained using plankton net and brought to the UNG laboratory for identification and quantitation. Water parameters such as dissolved oxygen, pH, total dissolved solids, conductivity, salinity, turbidity, and secchi depth were all determined in situ using different apparatus. Results of the water quality monitoring and statistical analysis (ANOVA, p