Development of improved understanding of phosphorus fate and transport within groundwater and significance for associated surface water receptors.

Development of improved understanding of phosphorus fate and transport within groundwater and significance for associated surface water receptors.

The overall objective of this project was to develop an improved understanding of the origin (natural and anthropogenic), fate and transport of phosphorus as it moves through the soil, unsaturated zone, saturated zone and hyporheic zone to discharge in rivers, lakes or wetlands in the UK and Ireland. This was achieved through a literature review, collation and analysis of existing data and development and testing of conceptual models. Options for setting threshold values for phosphorus and guidance on setting alternative objectives and designing programme of measures were also developed.

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Environmental Protection Agency 2007-WFD-85
Kirsty Irving

Keywords: Phosphorus; Freshwater habitats; Threshold values; Uk and Ireland

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