Pollution in the estuary of the Baracoa river, La Habana, Cuba

Lisset Susana Cobas Gómez, Eusebio Perigó, Roberto Piñeiro, Regla Duthit Somoza


The environmental quality of the Baracoa river estuary was studied from the physic (temperature and salinity), chemic variables (dissolved oxygen, oxygen biochemical demand (DBO), oxygen chemical demand (DQO), nitrogen cycle, inorganic phosphorus and total phosphorus) and the microbiological variables (total and thermotolerant coliforms and faecal streptococci). The samplings were made on February 2006, May and October 2007. Spatial distribution of the physical and chemical parameters measured suggests that the estuary is dominated by the marine conditions. The salinity and temperature analyses show that in general the characteristics of the estuary could be influenced by the contribution of the river basin drainage. In general, the concentrations of the measured parameters in the Baracoa river estuary, strongly suggest that this area is under influence of human activities on the river basin, due to the low levels of dissolved oxygen and an oxygen average deficit of -1.6 mg/L. nthropogenic actions in this estuary are mainly related to the emission of domestic and farming rejects without suitable treatment. This is visibly associated with the observed values of the total coliforms concentrations as well as the concentration of faecal streptococci, that surpassed reference values from the Cuban norm for water quality, following on bad or doubtful quality levels pointing out negatively measurements made next to the communication channel the estuary and the El Doctor lagoon.


environmental quality; estuary; river; physic and chemical variables; microbiological variables

Revista Ambiente & Água. ISSN:1980-993X DOI:10.4136/1980-993X

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