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Reservoir sediments as a long-term source of dissolved radiocaesium in water system; a mass balance case study of an artificial reservoir in Fukushima, Japan

Funaki, Hironori; Sakuma, Kazuyuki; Nakanishi, Takahiro; Yoshimura, Kazuya; Katengeza, E. W.*

This study provides new insights regarding to the long-term temporal change and the mass balance of dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs in an artificial reservoir affected by the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Time-series water samples were collected from 2014 to 2019 for $$^{137}$$Cs concentration measurements in and around Ogaki Dam Reservoir in which the catchment has a high $$^{137}$$Cs inventory. We revealed that the arithmetic mean of dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs concentration was significantly higher in the output water than in the main input water, and the effective ecological half-live of dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs of the output water was longer than that in the main input water. Remarkably, it is considered that the output dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs was significantly larger than the total input dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs. Reservoir sediments containing high $$^{137}$$Cs activity may become even more important in the future as sources of bioavailable dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs.

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