Environmental Engineering Program


First Advisor

Tiffany Messer

Second Advisor

Aaron Mittelstet

Date of this Version

Summer 7-31-2020


Satiroff, J. Pesticide Occurrence and Persistence Entering Recreational Lakes Residing in Watershed of Various Land Uses : Neonicotinoids, recreational lakes, ecotoxicity, fate and transport, and pesticides. Thesis 2020.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Environmental Engineering, Under the Supervision of Tiffany Graham Messer and Aaron Roy Mittelstet. Lincoln, Nebraska: August, 2020

Copyright 2020 Jessica Satiroff


Common Use Pesticides (CUPs) are important for agricultural producers to sustain food production. As a result, regions with high rates of agricultural production, such as the Midwest, often have ubiquitous occurrences of pesticides in surface and groundwater 1. Once pesticides are introduced into an ecosystem, pesticides have the potential for creating unwanted effects on non-target species and downstream environments 2,3. However, pesticides do not come strictly from agricultural practices. Therefore, the research presented in this thesis focuses on the neonicotinoid and fungicide concentrations detected in recreational lakes as well as their persistence in these aquatic environments during the growing season in Eastern Nebraska.

Advisors: Tiffany L. Messer and Aaron R. Mittelstet