Terrestrial liming as a tool to mitigate acidification of Woods Lake, NY

Robert W. Brocksen*, Timothy B. Adams, Harald Sverdrup, Per Warfvinge

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The Soil Liming Model (SLiM) has been used to simulate lake and stream water quality response to different strategies for the application of limestone to subcatchment soils in the Woods Lake, NY watershed. Simulations using doses of 3, 10, or 30 t ha-1 forecast that a dose in excess of 10 t ha-1 must be applied to discharge areas in order to sufficiently improve water quality in the lake. At 3 t ha-1 inlet stream water quality could support fish populations. As expected, treatment effectiveness is strongly influenced by subcatchment hydrologic flow paths. Where shallow flow predominates, soil liming provides a more effective tool for lake water quality improvement. In subcatchments drained primarily by ground water, the effect of liming on water quality is less pronounced albeit of longer duration. Based upon the results of these model simulations, the authors compare results of conventional lake liming to simulated watershed treatment predictions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-527
Number of pages19
JournalWater, Air, & Soil Pollution
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1990


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