Tools For Evaluating Environmental Quality, Water Quality and Water Quantity Issues.
The objective of this paper is to present an overview of an integrated approach for using modelling tools, monitoring data and planning studies for evaluating management options in Watershed Management Studies. Emphasis is placed upon the impacts of urbanization. The various methods presented have been used to address issues pertaining to ecosystem health (environmental health), water quality and water quantity. The watersheds which are considered include the Rouge River, the Don River, and Duffins Creek. By evaluating the alternative approaches, the reader can gain some insight on the benefits, limitations and appropriateness of each approach for their potential study. The methods presented in this paper are illustrative. A comprehensive evaluation of the applicability of these methods to water quality management modelling is beyond the scope of this paper.
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