thumbnail

Radionuclide concentrations in streams in the upper Blackfoot River basin, southeastern Idaho

Open-File Report 81-142

By:

Links

Abstract

Data on radionuclide concentrations in water and sediment material in the phosphate-mining area of the upper Blackfoot River basin were collected from May to October 1979. Maximum measured uranium and radium-226 concentrations dissolved in water were 3.7 micrograms per liter and 1.8 picocuries per liter , respectively. Maximum measured uranium and radium-226 concentrations in stream-bottom material were 5.5 micrograms per gram and 1.8 picocuries per gram, respectively. Maximum measured uranium and radium-226 concentrations on bottom material were 9.9 micrograms per gram and 3.9 picocuries per gram, respectively, in sediment-retention ponds, and 17 micrograms per gram and 3.5 picocuries per gram, respectively, in a mine pit. Maximum observed radon-222 concentration was 120 picocuries per liter in surface water and averaged 550 picocuries per liter at Formation Springs (site 10). All radionuclide concentrations were within existing State and Federal water-quality standards. Radionuclide concentrations were not significantly increased downstream from active mining sites. (USGS)

Study Area

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Radionuclide concentrations in streams in the upper Blackfoot River basin, southeastern Idaho
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
81-142
Year Published:
1981
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Idaho Water Science Center
Description:
Report: v, 17 p.; 1 Plate: 16.02 X 17.36 inches
Country:
United States
State:
Idaho
Other Geospatial:
Blackfoot River Basin