An Analysis of Water Quality Issues in Charlton, Massachusetts and Recommendations for Management and Remediation of Surface Water Bodies Public
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The town of Charlton, Massachusetts lacked a comprehensive water quality analysis and management plan for their surface water bodies. Historical water quality data was obtained and new water quality data was collected from three water bodies in the town. The data demonstrated water quality issues including high total phosphate concentrations, low dissolved oxygen, and low pH in comparison to state and federal guidelines. A management plan was designed to address the current and future water quality issues. Recommendations included regular water quality monitoring, aeration to increase dissolved oxygen levels, planting native vegetation to remove nutrients from runoff, integrating stormwater drainage systems to filter pollutants, and educating residents on water pollution prevention.
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