Toxicity Effects

Depending on their constituents, some municipal or industrial wastewater discharges exhibit toxicity effects on aquatic organisms. As a result, biomonitoring can be required for effluent discharges. In biomonitoring, indicator organisms are chosen to represent all segments of the aquatic community of the water body under study (U.S. Department of Energy 1985). Five groups of organisms have traditionally been studied as indicators of water quality (U.S. Department of Energy 1985): bacteria, fish, plankton, periphyton, and macroinvertebrates. The choice of an

Organic enrichment Pathogens

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Organic enrichment Pathogens

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