Physico-chemical conditions and plankton diversity of Godavari River in Nashik City area of Maharashtra: A comparative assessment
Pravin M Nalawade, Archana B Bagul
The physico-chemical parameters play a vital role in growth and sustainability of planktonic diversity in river ecosystem. These parameters and plankton diversity index can be used to evaluate suitability of water for drinking and other purposes. The present work carried out comparative assessment of physico-chemical parameters and plankton diversity of Godavari river water in Nashik city area for a period of one year starting from April-2017 to March-2018. Samples of water were collected from carefully selected two sampling sites each month during this study duration. Analysis of samples were done for physico-chemical parameters and plankton diversity. The study revealed there is a direct effect on plankton population due to fluctuation in physio-chemical parameters during the selected period. The physico-chemical parameters, of both the sites on the river, were studied by measuring the degree of correlation with the plankton diversity. The study revealed that quality of Godavari river water is highly affected negatively due to industrial, agricultural and human activities. The plankton diversity index of river Godavari indicate that the river is badly polluted and the water quality have the direct effect on plankton diversity.
Pravin M Nalawade, Archana B Bagul. Physico-chemical conditions and plankton diversity of Godavari River in Nashik City area of Maharashtra: A comparative assessment. International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. 2020; 2(4): 373-379.