Date of Award

Spring 1993

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Novotny, Vladimir

Second Advisor

Crandall, Clifford J.

Third Advisor

Zanoni, A. E.


Heavy metals, in sufficient concentration, pose a threat to almost all living things. The Milwaukee River contains a wide assortment of heavy metals that may or may not be in sufficient concentration to be considered toxic. As the toxicity of a heavy metal depends on its dissolved and adsorbed concentrations, it is necessary that these quantities be known in order to make a conclusion on the threat that the water, sediments, and mudflats of the Milwaukee River pose to the surrounding ecosystem. Therefore, a study was undertaken to determine the concentrations of the dissolved and adsorbed components of heavy metals in the river water, sediments, and mudflats. Once determined, these values may be used to develop a model to accurately predict the concentrations based on other, more readily available parameters.



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