Tapio Tuukkanen, Bjørn Kløve, Hannu Marttila, Kaisa Heikkinen, Anssi Karppinen
Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress
Theme II. Peat for horticulture, energy and other uses
Peat drainage and peat harvesting activities result in increased suspended solids (SS) and nutrient runoff loads to watercourses. According to current EU legislation, these harmful environmental impacts must be assessed before peat production can start. However, not enough is known about processes and potential site-specific characteristics which determine the variation in load from different peat production sites. To better assess and predict loads from peat production, extensive data from production methods, geology, hydrology, water protection structures and water quality were collected from 22 peat harvesting catchments around Finland. This study focuses on statistical analyses of the collected data.