Hydrographic and Ecological Effects of Enlargement of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, Summary of Research Findings.
MARYLAND UNIV SOLOMONS NATURAL RESOURCES INST
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An estimate of the ecological effects of enlargement of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal from control dimensions of 27 ft. x 250 ft. to 35 ft. x 450 ft. is given. Serious constraints exist in that the study was initiated late in the process of enlargement and the time available for the study is short. Specific sub-goals have been identified as the objectives for the research program described. These deal with the salinity and flow patterns of the Canal the value of the Canal as a nursery for fish the movements of fish in and through the Canal and the populations of other organisms in the Canal. In each case, the effects of enlargement have been sought and the most advantageous operation of the Canal, from various ecological points of view, has been considered. Basically all of our studies can be grouped under two major headings one dealing with hydrographic effects and the other dealing with ecological effects of Canal enlargement. Findings and results are discussed in detail in each of the fourteen appendices, each of which covers a specific study. Highlights of these results are given in Sections D and E of the present report.
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology