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[HTT31-P05] Effects of nitrogen-saturated forests on downstream water quality in Fukuoka City
Keywords:nitrogen saturation, stream water quality, nitrogen isotope, land use
In the Tatara River Basin, Fukuoka City, nitrogen retention capacity of upland forests has decreased and nitrate concentrations in downstream water have been increasing (Chiwa et al., 2012). This study analyzed NO3--δ15N, NO3--δ18O in addition to NO3- concentrations in stream water in the Tatara River Basin to assess the impact of nitrogen saturation forest on downstream water quality.
In northern part of the basin, NO3- concentrations of upstream were lower than downstream. In contrast, in southern part of the basin, NO3- concentrations in upstream were lower than downstream. NO3--δ15N in upstream was significantly lower than downstream in both northern and southern parts of the basin. In contrast, little difference of NO3--δ18O was observed between upstream and downstream in both parts. It has been known that the value of δ15N and δ18O ratio due to human wastewater is 10 to 20‰ and -5 to 7‰, respectively (Kendall and others, 1995). Therefore, the different trends in NO3- concentrations from upstream to downstream between two parts could be caused by different amounts of human sewage to the downstream between two parts.