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The Effects of Waste Discharges from Radford Army Ammunition Plant on the Biota of the New River, Virginia
Cairns, Jr., J.; Dickson, K.L. (1973). The Effects of Waste Discharges from Radford Army Ammunition Plant on the Biota of the New River, Virginia. Research Bulletin: Virginia Water Resources Research Center, 57. [S.n.]: Virginia. 57 pp.
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Keywords
    Biological surveys; Enrichment; Enrichment; Nutrients; Streams; Surveys; TNT; Wastes; Fresh water

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  • Cairns, Jr., J.
  • Dickson, K.L.

Abstract
    The effects of waste discharges from Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP), Radford, Virginia on fish, bottom fauna, algae, and higher aquatic plants in the New River were investigated in June 1971. Sampling stations were established upstream and downstream from the RAAP discharges. These stations were located to evaluate the individual effects of the various discharges (acid wastes, organic solvent wastes, thermal effluents, nitrogenous TNT wastes, and ash) on the fauna and flora. This was possible because there are a number of waste streams discharged at various points along the New River rather than a single combined waste discharge. An independent analysis of the data for each taxonomic group is presented along with general conclusions which integrate the findings of all the investigators. The waste discharges from the plant caused localized damage to the fauna and flora of the New River; however, the river had recovered in the five miles contained within the boundaries of the plant property.

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