Hydrochemical Evaluation of Water Quality and Trophic State Status of Saheb Bandh Lake, Purulia
Saheb bandh lake is an important wetland ecosystem of Purulia district and is well known for its biological diversity, aesthetic beauty, recreation and multipurpose features. In the present study an attempt is made to evaluate water quality as well as trophic state status of the lake. Lake water is mostly of Mg-HCO3 type. Relationship between different ionic ratios indicates that weathering of silicate minerals is generally considered to be the major source of alkalis in the lake water. Regarding drinking and irrigation water suitability criteria all the samples are moderately suitable. According to United States Salinity Laboratory (USSL) classifications lake water falls in medium salinity – low sodium category. Trophic State Index (TSI) indicates that the eutrophic nature exhibit in this lake. The ratio of total nitrogen and total phosphorus reflects that the lake is phosphorus dominant in respect of nutrient.
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