Long-Term Monitoring of a Surface Flow Constructed Wetland Treating Agricultural Drainage Water in Northern Italy
AbstractAgricultural drainage water that has seeped into tile drainage systems can cause nitrogen and phosphorus pollution of the surface water bodies. Constructed wetlands (CWs) can help mitigate the effects of agricultural non-point sources of pollution and remove different pollutants from tile drainage water. In this study, hydrological and water quality data of a Northern Italian CW that has been treating agricultural drainage water since 2000 were considered to assess its ability to mitigate nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. The effects of such long-term operation on the nutrients and heavy metals that eventually accumulate in CW plants and sediments were also analysed. Since 2003, the CW has received different inflows with different nutrient loads due to several operation modes. However, on average, the outflow load has been 50% lower than the inflow one; thus, it can be said that the system has proved itself to be a viable option for tile drainage water treatment. It was found that the concentration of nitrogen and phosphorus in the plant tissues varied, whereas the nitrogen content of the soil increased more than 2.5 times. Heavy metals were found accumulated in the plant root systems and uniformly distributed throughout a 60 cm soil profile at levels suitable for private and public green areas, according to the Italian law View Full-Text
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Lavrnić, S.; Braschi, I.; Anconelli, S.; Blasioli, S.; Solimando, D.; Mannini, P.; Toscano, A. Long-Term Monitoring of a Surface Flow Constructed Wetland Treating Agricultural Drainage Water in Northern Italy. Water 2018, 10, 644.
Lavrnić S, Braschi I, Anconelli S, Blasioli S, Solimando D, Mannini P, Toscano A. Long-Term Monitoring of a Surface Flow Constructed Wetland Treating Agricultural Drainage Water in Northern Italy. Water. 2018; 10(5):644.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lavrnić, Stevo; Braschi, Ilaria; Anconelli, Stefano; Blasioli, Sonia; Solimando, Domenico; Mannini, Paolo; Toscano, Attilio. 2018. "Long-Term Monitoring of a Surface Flow Constructed Wetland Treating Agricultural Drainage Water in Northern Italy." Water 10, no. 5: 644.
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