Comparative Assessment of Coastal Water Usage Supports Using Water Quality Indices and Fuzzy Synthetic Evaluation Methods: Ondo Estuary Case Study, Nigeria.
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Terrestrial and Aquatic Environmental Toxicology
The ability of water quality indices and fuzzy synthetic evaluation methods to combine large and technical water quality data into a single value that could help understand and communicate the status of water bodies and their usage supports for policy formulation is revealed by this study. Three water quality indices and two fuzzy synthetic evaluation methods were used to assess the usage support of Ondo estuarine water and the results compared. The indices revealed that the sites distant to the estuarine discharge point improved in quality and support uses than the ones nearer. Desalination of such will further improve is usage support. Anthropogenic activities are negatively affecting the quality of the environment and need to be managed if good quality water will be made available for economic uses and the vast aquatic life resources in the estuary and the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean will not be adversely affected.
fuzzy synthetic evaluation , estuary , usage supports , water quality indices , Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES
Agunbiade, F. O., Olu-Owolabi, B. I., & Adebowale, K. O. (2012). Comparative Assessment of Coastal Water Usage Supports Using Water Quality Indices and Fuzzy Synthetic Evaluation Methods: A Case Study of Ondo State Estuary, Nigeria. Terrestrial and Aquatic Environmental Toxicology, Vol.6(1), 41-49.