The main purpose of this study is to assess the current land use patterns and their influences on the water quality of Messalonskee Lake, including the biotic and abiotic parameters which are involved. More specifically, four main objectives were proposed. First, was to calculate the water budget and flushing rate for Messalonskee Lake. Second, was to determine the influence of current and historical land use patterns on lake water quality. Third, was to utilize gathered information to construct a phosphorus model, which will enable future water quality predictions to be made. Our fourth and final objective was to make recommendations to the Messalonskee Lake Association, and the towns of Belgrade, Oakland, and Sidney based on our findings.
Problems in Environmental Science course (Biology 493), Colby College and Colby Environmental Assessment Team, Colby College, "Land Use Patterns in Relation to Lake Water Quality in the Messalonskee Lake Watershed" (1997). Colby College Watershed Study: Other Area Studies. 2.
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Publication Date: Spring 1998
Date of Study: Fall 1997