Thesis Title

A Study of Land Use-- Determined Water Quality Near Lakeview, Missouri

Date of Graduation

Spring 1991

Degree

Master of Science in Geospatial Sciences

Department

Geography, Geology and Planning

Committee Chair

David Castillon

Subject Categories

Earth Sciences

Abstract

Stone County, Missouri has long been a tourist attraction due to its clean water and breath-taking scenery. Boating, fishing, swimming, and water skiing, along with the supporting service industries, provide the country with a large portion of its economy. Unfortunately, the water quality which means so much to Stone County is threatened from several sources. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources lists water contamination due to faulty septic systems as a primary concern for the Ozarks region of Missouri. Pollutants leaching from landfills and sedimentation caused by sheet erosion are also considered threats to water quality. The data presented in this thesis show a strong correlation between development along Highway 13 and subsequent water pollution. The data also suggests a need in Stone County for planning measures to protect water resources and promote better conservation practices.

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