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  • Main Title Ecological studies on the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) on the Savannah River Plant


  • Author: Seigel, R.A.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Brandt, L.A.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Knight, J.L.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Novak, S.S.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: DOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: Savannah River Ecology Lab., Aiken, SC (United States). Stress and Wildlife Ecology Div.
    Place of Publication: United States


  • Creation: 1986-06-01


  • English


  • Content Description: The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is the largest vertebrate of the Savannah River Plant (SRP), reaching a maximum length of 3.7 meters (12 feet) and weighing up to 175 kg (385 pounds). Currently, populations in coastal South Carolina are considered Threatened, whereas populations in inland areas (such as the SRP) are still Endangered. Because of their legal status and economic and ecological importance, it is important to determine the environmental impacts of SRP operations on the local alligator population. The major objectives under the Endangered Species Program of the Comprehensive Cooling Water Study (CCWS) were as follows: (1) document and compare the present status and distribution of alligators on the SRP to previous surveys, in order to determine long-term changes in population abundance; (2) establish baseline population and ecological parameters of the Steel Creek population so that the ecological effects of L-Reactor operations can be determined, and (3) conduct ecological research on the immediate impacts of thermal effluents on American alligators. Gladden et al., (1985) summarized data on previous population surveys, temporal changes in the Par Pond population, preliminary results of the Steel Creek surveys and Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) research on the effects of thermal effluents. This report summarizes the current status of the SRP population, presents data on the abundance, movement patterns and activity cycles of the Steel Creek population, and presents additional data on the effect of cooling water releases on alligator ecology and behavior.
  • Physical Description: Pages: (45 p)


  • Keyword: Populations
  • Keyword: Us Aec
  • Keyword: Endangered Species
  • STI Subject Categories: 220600 -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Research, Test & Experimental Reactors
  • Keyword: Progress Report
  • Keyword: Cooling Ponds
  • STI Subject Categories: 54 Environmental Sciences
  • Keyword: Ecosystems
  • Keyword: Alligators
  • STI Subject Categories: 21 Specific Nuclear Reactors And Associated Plants
  • Keyword: Aerial Surveying
  • Keyword: Surface Waters
  • Keyword: Ponds
  • Keyword: Animals
  • STI Subject Categories: 59 Basic Biological Sciences
  • STI Subject Categories: 22 General Studies Of Nuclear Reactors
  • Keyword: Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Keyword: Us Organizations
  • Keyword: Production Reactors
  • Keyword: Reactors
  • Keyword: Reptiles
  • Keyword: Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Keyword: Thermal Effluents
  • Keyword: National Organizations
  • Keyword: Habitat
  • STI Subject Categories: 63 Radiation, Thermal, And Other Environ. Pollutant Effects On Living Orgs. And Biol. Mat.
  • Keyword: Ecology
  • Keyword: Vertebrates
  • STI Subject Categories: 540240 -- Environment, Terrestrial-- Thermal Effluents Monitoring & Transport-- (1990-)
  • Keyword: Savannah River Plant
  • Keyword: Document Types
  • Keyword: Size
  • Keyword: Population Dynamics
  • Keyword: Special Production Reactors
  • STI Subject Categories: 220503 -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Environmental Aspects-- Chemical & Thermal Effluents
  • Keyword: Us Doe
  • Keyword: Swamps
  • STI Subject Categories: 550100 -- Behavioral Biology
  • Keyword: Environmental Impacts
  • Keyword: Surveys
  • Keyword: L Reactor
  • Keyword: Heavy Water Moderated Reactors
  • Keyword: Us Erda
  • Keyword: Wetlands 560200* -- Thermal Effects
  • Keyword: Water Reservoirs


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Other: DE92008497
  • Report No.: SREL-26
  • Grant Number: AC09-76SR00819
  • DOI: 10.2172/5696923
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5696923
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1089568


  • Display Note: OSTI; NTIS; GPO Dep.