Model Predictions of Effects of Impoundment on Particulate Organic Matter Transport in a River System

  • J. R. Webster
  • E. F. Benfield
  • J. CairnsJr.


Seston may be defined as all organic and inorganic matter suspended in water (Ruttner, 1963). The organic fraction of seston, including both living and nonliving material, is generally known as particulate organic matter (POM). A substantial number of studies over the last quarter-century have demonstrated that POM is extremely important in the energetics of freshwater, marine, and estuarine ecosystems. The concern in this paper is with the dynamics of POM in stream ecosystems and the effects of impoundment on POM dynamics in a river system.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. R. Webster
    • 1
  • E. F. Benfield
    • 1
  • J. CairnsJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology Department and Center for Environmental StudiesVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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