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dc.contributor.advisorSellner, Kevin
dc.contributor.authorCertner, Rebecca
dc.contributor.authorCho, Haena
dc.contributor.authorGallo, Natalya
dc.contributor.authorGibbons, Alexander
dc.contributor.authorKim, Christine
dc.contributor.authorLiu, Tina
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Hannah
dc.contributor.authorParikh, Neelam
dc.contributor.authorWooten, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-11T15:25:23Z
dc.date.available2011-05-11T15:25:23Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/11384
dc.descriptionGemstone Team BREATHE (Bay Revitalization Efforts Against the Hypoxic Environment)en_US
dc.description.abstractHarmful algal blooms (HABs) are proliferations of phytoplankton in marine ecosystems. Cyanobacteria, often referred to as algae, are one of the many microorganisms capable of reaching bloom abundances. In recent years, HABs have increased in prevalence in the Chesapeake Bay due to eutrophication from nutrient and pollution runoff into the watershed. Our research focused on the mitigation of HABs, specifically blooms of Microcystis aeruginosa, a cyanobacterium that blooms annually in the upper Chesapeake and its tributaries. Our mitigation approach used sediment-flocculant mixtures to remove cyanobacteria cells from the water column. We explored the environmental impact of our efforts and the potential for indigenous grass restoration by incorporating submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) seeds into our mitigation technique. Based on our data regarding efficacy, cost, environmental safety, and public opinion, we suggest mixtures consisting of local sediments and the flocculant chitosan for use in mitigating M. aeruginosa HABs in the Chesapeake Bay.en_US
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dc.subjectalgaeen_US
dc.subjectalgal bloomsen_US
dc.subjectChesapeake Bayen_US
dc.subjectsedimenten_US
dc.subjectflocculationen_US
dc.subjectGemstone Team BREATHE (Bay Revitalization Efforts Against the Hypoxic Environment)en_US
dc.titleUsing sediment flocculation to reduce the impacts of Chesapeake Bay Microcystis aeruginosa harmful algal bloomsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Maryland
dc.relation.isAvailableAtGemstone Program, University of Maryland (College Park, Md)


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