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Occurrence of pesticides in the White River, Indiana, 1991-95

Fact Sheet 233-95

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Abstract

Pesticides (herbicides and insecticides) are used extensively in the White River Basin. Application of herbicides to corn and soybeans accounts for most of the use. The pesticides most frequently detected near the mouth of the White River during 1991-95 were the herbicides alachlor, atrazine, cyanazine, and metolachlor. The highest concentrations of herbicides in the river were typically found during late spring runoff following application. Generally, concentrations of alachlor have been decreasing while concentrations of acetochlor have been increasing in response to changes in the use of these herbicides in the basin. The total amount of the commonly used herbicides transported by the river is about 1 percent or less of the amount applied to cropland. Insecticides commonly used in urban and agricultural areas also were found but in much lower concentrations than commonly used herbicides.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Occurrence of pesticides in the White River, Indiana, 1991-95
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
233-95
Year Published:
1995
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Indiana Water Science Center
Description:
1 sheet : col. ill., col. maps ; 28 x 43 cm. folded to 28 x 21 cm. col. ill., col. maps ;
Country:
United States
State:
Indiana
Other Geospatial:
White River Basin
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N