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Water 2010, 2(2), 273-284; doi:10.3390/w2020273

Turbidity as an Indicator of Water Quality in Diverse Watersheds of the Upper Pecos River Basin

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Ground Water Quality Bureau, New Mexico Environment Department, 1190 Saint Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87502, USA
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Department of Natural Resources Management, New Mexico Highlands University, P.O. Box 9000, Las Vegas, NM 87701, USA
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Received: 5 May 2010 / Revised: 21 May 2010 / Accepted: 7 June 2010 / Published: 11 June 2010
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Abstract

Microbial concentrations, total suspended solids (TSS) and turbidity vary with stream hydrology and land use. Turbidity, TSS, and microbial concentrations, loads and yields from four watersheds were assessed: an unburned montane forest, a catastrophically burned montane forest, urban land use and rangeland prairie. Concentrations and loads for most water quality variables were greatest during storm events. Turbidity was an effective indicator of TSS, E. coli and Enterococci spp. The greatest threat to public health from microbial contamination occurs during storm runoff events. Efforts to manage surface runoff and erosion would likely improve water quality of the upper Pecos River basin in New Mexico, USA. View Full-Text
Keywords: land use; wildfire; turbidity; E. coli; microbial concentrations; total suspended solids; storm runoff; cryptosporidium spp. land use; wildfire; turbidity; E. coli; microbial concentrations; total suspended solids; storm runoff; cryptosporidium spp.
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Huey, G.M.; Meyer, M.L. Turbidity as an Indicator of Water Quality in Diverse Watersheds of the Upper Pecos River Basin. Water 2010, 2, 273-284.

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