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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2017, Vol 17, Num, 6     (Pages: 1231-1243)

Investigation of the Water Quality of Alpsarı Pond (Korgun-Çankırı)

Ekrem Mutlu 1 ,Arzu Aydin Uncumusaoğlu 2

1 Kastamonu University, Faculty of Fisheries, Kastamonu,37150, Turkey
2 Giresun University, Faculty of Engineering, Giresun, 28200, Turkey
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v17_6_16 Viewed : 3616 - Downloaded : 2747 The objectives of this study carried out in Alpsarı Pond located in Çankırı city are to evaluate (i) the seasonal, monthly and annual changes of water samples, (ii) the water quality properties, (iii) the water pollution sources, (iv) the suitability level in terms of aquatic life, and (v) the quality of water in accordance with the Surface Water Quality Management Regulation (SWQMR) criteria. The study was started in June 2014 and water samples were taken from three stations for 12 months. In total, 21 physicochemical parameters and 7 heavy metals were investigated to determine the water quality. Such a detailed study has been done firstly in this pond used for irrigation purpose. As a result of performing analyses, it was found that the water quality was suitable for both the Alpsarı Pond hosting aquatic animals and aquatic life. According to the SWQMR, the actual water quality was detected as a level Class (I-III-IV). The result is that the pond is under pollution pressure due to domestic and animal wastes. Keywords : Fresh water, pond, water pollution, heavy metal, hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA)