Faculty Advisor

Crusberg, Theodore C.


Agricultural runoff into the Colorado River causes a downstream increase in water salinity. Salinity of the Colorado River increases from 50 milligrams per liter in the headwaters of the river to over 900 milligrams per liter at the international boundary between the United States and Mexico. This salinity increase is due to three major sources: natural salination of water from salt mines, reservoir vaporization and manure runoff. This project analyzes various measure that can be utilized to decrease river salinity.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology