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J. & K. E. Havens, 1995. Historical trends in the Lake Okeechobee ecosystem I. Land use and nutrient loading. Archiv fu¨r Hydrobiologie, Supplement 107: 1–24. , 1982. Lake bottom dynamics and morphometry: the dynamic ratio. Water Resources Research 18: 1444–1450. Hamilton, D. P. & S. F. Mitchell, 1997. Wave-induced shear stresses, plant nutrients, and chlorophyll in seven shallow lakes. Freshwater Biology 38: 159–168. Hanlon, C. , R. L. Miller & B. F. McPherson, 1999. Relationships between wind velocity and underwater irradiance in a shallow lake (Lake Okeechobee, Florida, USA).

As a result, the concentration of TP is more likely to remain elevated over multiple days, with less intra-daily variation. Passive diffusion of P from lake sediments to the water column also can be important in shallow eutrophic lakes, as in deeper systems. However, when Fe chemistry regulates P release, the flux will depend on the occurrence of calm conditions of a sufficient duration to allow thermal stratification and bottom water anoxia. 1 mg l–1 at sediment depths below 10 cm (Moore & Reddy, 1994).

They concluded that the increase in SRP is limited by the high Fe content of this lake’s sediments, and their low equilibrium P concentration, which Hydrobiologia (2007) 581:25–42 -1 Lake TP (ug L ) 200 150 100 50 0 -1 Inflow TP (ug L ) 400 300 200 100 19 73 19 76 19 79 19 82 19 85 19 88 19 91 19 94 19 97 20 00 20 03 0 Fig. 10 Monthly mean concentrations of total phosphorus (TP) for Lake Okeechobee pelagic zone and inflows, from 1973 to 2002. The line indicates a long-term trend in the data for pelagic TP.

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