WIT Press


Water Contamination Of Moscow’s Small Rivers With Different Anthropogenic Impacts

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/WRM150381

Volume

196

Pages

11

Page Range

447 - 457

Published

2015

Size

374 kb

Author(s)

D. Kramer, I. Tikhonova

Abstract

In 2010–2013 we took out a survey of five of Moscow’s small rivers with different levels of anthropogenic impact: Los, Kotlovka, Nischcenka, Businka and Tarakanovka. The first goal of our observation was to determine the level of water pollution in these rivers. To achieve the goal we analyzed water samples for parameters such as pH value, heavy metal concentrations, dichromate oxidation and others. Also, we calculated such parameters as the water pollution index (WPI) and bottom accumulation coefficient (BAC) for Zn and Cu, which was calculated using bottom sediment contamination data. The results of our survey showed that the most polluted river is River Tarakanovka, which has a huge anthropogenic impact; the major contaminants being Fe, Cu and Zn.

Keywords

small rivers, water pollution, water pollution index, bottom accumulation coefficient