Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-06 08:10:18



Honors Course

BIOL 499 - Sr Honors Prog in Biology

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2023


The purpose of this study was to analyze whether the city of Akron had negative effects on the Cuyahoga river, and determine if the Cuyahoga River was naturally able to remediate these effects downstream. The pollutants measured in this study include hardness, bromine, residual chlorine, iron, copper, lead, nitrate, nitrite, ammonium chloride, total chlorine, fluoride, carbonate, pH, total alkalinity and cyanuric acid. This study was done using water testing strips (JNW Direct) to test the water at four different locations along the Cuyahoga River downstream (North) of Akron. This study found that the city of Akron does have a negative effect on the level of pollutants within the Cuyahoga River. This study found five pollutants measured to either be at or above an acceptable level. The results of this study indicate that the Cuyahoga River is negatively impacted by the contaminants of the urban areas surrounding it, specifically Akron, Ohio. It also indicates that the river does not succeed in remediating these pollutants by itself as it flows towards Lake Erie.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Randall Mitchell

First Reader

Brad Small

Second Reader

Robert Duff

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Brian Bagatto

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Allyson Darst-honors signatures.pdf (181 kB)
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