Biological Analysis of Three Ponds at Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs CO
AIR FORCE OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH LAB BROOKS AFB TX
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A series of three man-made ponds on the golf course at Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs CO were analyzed to determine their current ecological status and future potential for recreational fishing. Biological analysis consisted of collection, enumeration and identification of organisms from the water column and sediment from three sampling sites at each pond. The ponds were evaluated on the basis of species diversity and the types of species present. Chemical analysis of water and sediments for toxicants was also performed. The results indicated that ponds 1 and 2 are in excellent ecological condition and should be able to maintain stocked game fish which are safe for human consumption. Pond 3 cannot be recommended for stocking with fish in its current condition. Low species diversity suggests that this pond is being stressed by an unknown pollutant. The most likely source is a storm drain which may be a chronic source of pollutants for this pond. Keywords Fish stocking, Water pollution.
- Biological Oceanography
- Water Pollution and Control