Effect of mine drainage on the quality of streams in Colorado, 1971-72

Colorado Water Resources Circular 21
Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Colorado Water Pollution Control Commission
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Abstract

In July 1971, a study of the effects of mine drainage on Colorado's streams was begun in cooperation with the Colorado Water Pollution Control Commission. The objectives of this study were to determine the extent and magnitude of the problem as a whole, and to gain a greater understanding of the processes and their potential ramifications by detailed definition of problems in specific areas. In order to accomplish these objectives, a three-pronged approach was devised to include: (1) a reconnaissance of the entire State to locate problem areas, (2) the detailed study of selected problem areas on a short-term basis, and (3) the monitoring of selected problem areas on a long-term basis.

This report summarizes the results of the reconnaissance phase. It describes some basic physical, chemical, and biological water-quality characteristics of the streams, discusses observed effects of mine drainage on the surface-water environment, delineates problem areas, and provides a list of streams where intensive study and subsequent monitoring might provide further insight into the various problems encountered.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype State/Local Government Series
Title Effect of mine drainage on the quality of streams in Colorado, 1971-72
Series title Colorado Water Resources Circular
Series number 21
Year Published 1974
Language English
Publisher Colorado Water Conservation Board
Publisher location Denver, Colorado
Contributing office(s) Colorado Water Science Center
Description 117 p.
Country United States
State Colorado