Faculty Advisor

Bergendahl, John Andrew

Faculty Advisor

Plummer, Jeanine D.

Abstract

Beaver Lake is a 152 acre lake in Ware, MA privately owned by the Beaver Lake Trust, Inc. The objectives of the project were to characterize the water quality in Beaver Lake and evaluate best management practices for improving and maintaining water quality. Water samples were collected at seven locations in fall of 2013 and analyzed for temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, alkalinity, conductivity, turbidity, nutrients and bacteria. Results showed some concern for water quality with pH levels as low as 6.5 and phosphorus concentrations as high as 2.68 mg/L. The results led to the development of a long term management plan, which included recommendations of best management practices, education of the lake residents and a weir design.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2014

Major

Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil Engineering

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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