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Dušanka CVIJANOVIĆ1*, Olivera GAVRILOVIĆ2, Maja NOVKOVIĆ1, Djuradj MILOŠEVIĆ3, Milica STOJKOVIĆ PIPERAC3, Ana A. ANĐELKOVIĆ4, Bojan DAMNJANOVIĆ5, Ljubiša DENIĆ6, Nusret DREŠKOVIĆ7, & Snežana RADULOVIĆ1,7
1University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology and Ecology, Trg Dositeja Obradovića 2, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia; dusanka.cvijanovic@dbe.uns.ac.rs, maja.novkovic@dbe.uns.ac.rs, snezana.radulovic@dbe.uns.ac.rs
2Public Water Management Company ‘Vode Vojvodine’, Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 25, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia; ogavrilovic@vodevojvodine.com
3University of Niš, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Biology and Ecology, Višegradska 33, 18000 Niš, Serbia; djuradj@pmf.ni.ac.rs, milicas@pmf.ni.ac.rs
4Institute for Plant Protection and Environment, Department of Weed Research, Teodora Drajzera 9, 11040 Belgrade, Serbia; ana.andjelkovic21@gmail.com
5Academy of Applied Studies Šabac, Unit for Medical, Technological and Business Studies, Hajduk Veljkova 10, 15000 Šabac, Serbia; bdamnjanovic@live.com
6Environmental Protection Agency, Ruže Jovanovića 27a, 11160 Belgrade, Republic of Serbia; ljubisa.denic@sepa.gov.rs
7University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography, Zmaja od Bosne 33-35, 71000, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; nusret2109@gmail.com, snezana.radulovic@pmf.unsa.ba


PREDICTING RETENTION EFFECTS OF A RIPARIAN ZONE IN AN AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPE: IMPLICATION FOR EUTROPHICATION CONTROL OF THE TISZA RIVER, SERBIA, Carpathian Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences February 2023, Vol. 18, No.1, p. 27 – 36; DOI:10.26471/cjees/2023/018/238

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Abstract:

We explored the long-term influence of land use in the riparian zone on the water quality of the Tisza River, as a model of a non-wadeable lowland river located in a temperate, predominantly agricultural landscape. The analysis was based on a comparison of water quality variables between three river sites having contrasting, but constant land use patterns (in 500 m upstream radius) during the study period (2006-2019). While the first river site was characterized primarily by forests, the second and the third were dominated by urban and agricultural areas respectively. The variables which showed a significant difference between the pairs of sampling sites were oxygen saturation, nitrite nitrogen, total nitrogen, and orthophosphates. In contrast to urban and agricultural land, riparian forests showed a positive long-term influence on the river water quality. Natural and seminatural forests and shrubs had a favorable long-term influence on nutrient concentrations and oxygen regime of the Tisza River. However, the retention effects of orthophosphates and nitrite/nitrate content here were relatively low, demonstrating the limited performance of riparian buffers as a main or only management option in the Pannonian landscape, as the agricultural hotspot of Central and Eastern Europe. In conclusion, the riparian buffer assessment design applied in this study may be successfully used in pre-restoration monitoring, prior to the construction of buffer strips.



Keyword: buffer zone, land cover, riparian, riparian buffer, water quality


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