Observations of an ash lagoon spill on the new River, Virginia

Charles H. Hocutt, Kenneth L. Dickson, Michael T. Masnik, Jay Richard Stauffer, Jr.

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An estimated 7 million liters of slightly alkaline water (pH = 7.7) and ash entered New River on 23 July 1973 near Pearisburg, Virginia. The rate of dispersion, 1.4 km/hr, allowed qualitative collections of fishes and macroinvertebrates to be made immediately before and after the biological impact of the spill. Diversity and relative abundance indicated that fishes and macroinvertebrates were little affected. Physicochemical parameters from the flyash lagoon, as projected from 1971-1972 data, were within the known tolerance ranges of aquatic biota common to New River.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-245
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 1976

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aquatic Science


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