Hydrobiological Bulletin

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 23–34 | Cite as

Historical and current limnological research in the small River Linde, The Netherlands

  • T. H. L. Claassen


The existing and newly collected limnological data of the Linde, a stream in the southeastern part of the province of Friesland, are worked out in more detail. This paper gives an overview of the available water quality data. An inventory is made of historical data.

Three main features are emphasized. Firstly the resemblance is striking between older water quality data and recent ones. A period of 20 years with regard to chemical data and about 10 years with regard to biological data is considered. Secondly there is a periodicity of various water quality parameters during the period of a year. The discharge of superfluous water in winter coincides with low chloride and high iron, phosphorus and nitrogen concentrations of the water. Thirdly the spatial diversity between parts of the stream is described. Three main reaches could be distinguished,viz. the upper, middle and lower course, each with their own physico-chemical and biological characteristics. When setting ecological water quality standards this tripartition should be taken into account. Moreover,


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. H. L. Claassen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Public Works in the province of FrieslandLeeuwardenThe Netherlands

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