The purpose of this study was to design a water quality monitoring network for the Keelung River in order to evaluate the effects of artificial cutoff across two bend channels. A steady-state water quality model was used to simulate the BOD and DO curves. The Kriging theory was applied to select the optimal locations for a water quality monitoring network. The sampling frequency was determined by the coefficients of variation of water quality and by considering the significance level and confidence interval. After calibration and verification of the water quality model, the model was applied and the simulation results indicated that the values of DO in the new channel would be higher than those of the old channel reaches. The critical point of the oxygen sag curve would shift to the mouth of river under Q75 low-flow conditions, and the BOD values in the new channel would also slightly increase. The results further indicated that more monitoring stations would be needed in the downstream reaches.

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