Faculty Advisor

Mathisen, Paul P.

Faculty Advisor

Plummer, Jeanine D.

Abstract

The Lake Quinsigamond Watershed Association was concerned with water quality in Flint Pond in Shrewsbury, MA. The objectives of this project were to understand current conditions in Flint Pond; identify potential pollution inputs; and recommend alternatives for mitigating inputs. Water samples were collected from the pond and analyzed for solids, nutrients, and dissolved oxygen. Results showed a correlation between 12-hour rainfall and solids. Best management practices to reduce nutrients and solids were evaluated and weighted by effectiveness, cost, and size. Recommended BMPs were landscaping and lawn care management, on-lot treatment, and grassed swales. Two grassed swales were designed and the team recommended strategies for educating homeowners on reducing runoff pollutants.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2013

Major

Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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