Acid Waters in Wales

  • Editors
  • R. W. Edwards
  • A. S. Gee
  • J. H. Stoner

Part of the Monographiae Biologicae book series (MOBI, volume 66)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. A. S. Gee
    Pages 1-9
  3. S. C. Fritz, A. M. Kreiser, P. G. Appleby, R. W. Battarbee
    Pages 27-37
  4. A. P. Donald, J. H. Stoner, B. Reynolds, F. Oldfield, B. Rippey, J. Natkanski
    Pages 39-53
  5. M. Hornung, S. Le-Grice, N. Brown, D. Norris
    Pages 55-66
  6. R. Boon, D. Kay
    Pages 67-80
  7. S. T. Patrick, A. C. Stevenson
    Pages 81-91
  8. S. J. Ormerod, K. R. Wade
    Pages 93-119
  9. N. J. Milner, P. V. Varallo
    Pages 121-143
  10. C. B. Buckley, L. Keil
    Pages 145-158
  11. N. S. Weatherley, C. P. McCahon, D. Pascoe, S. J. Ormerod
    Pages 159-172
  12. C. Neal, B. Reynolds, P. A. Stevens, M. Hornung, S. J. Brown
    Pages 173-188
  13. X. Goenaga, D. J. A. Williams
    Pages 189-201
  14. S. C. Bird, R. P. D. Walsh, I. G. Littlewood
    Pages 203-221
  15. M. Hornung, B. Reynolds, P. A. Stevens, S. Hughes
    Pages 223-240
  16. S. C. Bird, S. J. Brown, E. Vaughan
    Pages 241-253
  17. P. G. Whitehead, T. J. Musgrove, B. J. Cosby
    Pages 255-277
  18. S. J. Ormerod, N. S. Weatherley, A. S. Gee
    Pages 279-298
  19. S. E. Metcalfe, R. G. Derwent
    Pages 299-309
  20. M. Hornung, S. J. Brown, A. Ranson
    Pages 311-328
  21. Back Matter
    Pages 329-337

About this book


This book brings together research into the process of stream acidification and its impact on Welsh surface waters, carried out over the past decade or so. It is perhaps surprising that not until the 1980's was clear evidence of stream acidification assembled. In Wales, concerns over pollution had focused water quality sampling principally on the areas of traditional heavy industry and large urban popula­ tions served by inadequate sewerage systems and sewage disposal arrange­ ments. Mistakenly, it had been assumed that, with its prevailing westerly winds, Wales would receive precipitation substantially unpolluted by the industrial and urban emissions from Britain and mainland Europe. Assurance of the high quality of Welsh upland streams, the traditional nursery ground of salmonids, was eroded particularly by studies in the vicinity of Llyn Brianne reservoir in the catchment of the River Tywi of Central Wales. These demonstrated a clear correspondence between the biological quality and fisheries of streams in the catchment and aspects of stream chemistry, par­ ticularly pH, aluminium and calcium on the one hand, and catchment land­ use on the other. It is salutary to record that the first signals were of an inexplicable failure of the runs of migratory salmonids into the upper catchment, occupied by the Llyn Brianne reservoir and its influent streams, and the failure to restore the fishery by re-stocking with eggs and fry. Only then did the significance of the recent decline in some other upland lake and reservoir fisheries in Wales become apparent.


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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7345-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1894-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0077-0639
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