Review and Evaluation of Reservoir Management Strategies for Harmful Algal Blooms
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS VICKSBURG United States
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The purpose of this report is to review and evaluate available information regarding reservoir operation strategies for management of harmful algal blooms HABs. HABs can be problematic, creating eutrophication and taste and odor issues. HABs also involve the release of toxins in the water column, which can cause sickness by ingestion and skin contact. This report presents the results of a review of journal articles, reports, published accounts of potential management options, effectiveness of management, and potential impacts of management actions on lakereservoir ecosystem processes and biota, and recommendations for future research. This re-port concluded that there is a range of methods that can be applied to address HABs in reservoirs. The efficacy of these methods decreases in larger reservoirs. No one method individually solves all problems or is applicable in all cases, a combination of methods will likely be needed. More research is needed to effectively control and prevent HABs.
- Water Pollution and Control