Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Bolisetti

Keywords

Applied sciences, Earth sciences

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Anthropogenic activities have disturbed the naturally sustained cycles beyond their self-recovering capabilities. Deteriorating surface water in Great Lakes has become a serious issue. To improve the water quality, the enhanced understanding of processes and sources of pollution is required. In this study, SWAT is used for modeling hydrological and pollutant fate and transport processes in agricultural dominated tile drained Canard River Watershed located in Essex County. SWAT model was developed with primary focus on understanding trends and sources of sediments and indicator microbe E. coli. Daily monitored weather and streamflow from 1995 to 2012 was used to calibrate and validate the model. The daily NSE for calibration period (2001-2007) and validation period (2009-2012) was 50% and 55% respectively. Sediments concentration and loading was found to be higher during winter and spring while lower in fall and summer. E. coli loading was higher during winter and lowest during summer.

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