Water resources of the Little Fork River watershed, northeastern Minnesota

Hydrologic Atlas 551
Prepared in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Waters, Soil, and Minerals
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The Little Fork River watershed is one of 39 watershed units designated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for evaluation of the State 's water resources. Included is an appraisal of the occurrence, quantity, quality, and availability of ground and surface waters. Water resources are not intensively developed anywhere in the watershed. Essentially all water used is withdrawn from ground-water sources, mainly glacial drift, which ranges from 0 to over 200 feet (61 meters) in thickness. Buried sand and gravel in the drift is the most favorable source for development. Most ground water is of the calcium or calcium magnesium bicarbonate type. The degree of mineralization generally increases downgradient in the flow system. Ground water is commonly very hard and high in iron and manganese. Lakes and wetlands have a natural regulating effect on streamflow. Water in streams is of the calcium bicarbonate type. The amount of mineralization reflects surficial geology, being greatest in streams draining glacial-lake sediments and least in streams draining areas of sand lakes. Color and iron concentration in stream waters generally exceed recommended domestic consumption limits.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Water resources of the Little Fork River watershed, northeastern Minnesota
Series title Hydrologic Atlas
Series number 551
DOI 10.3133/ha551
Year Published 1976
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Minnesota Water Science Center
Description 2 Plates: 54.0 x 40.5 inches
Country United States
State Minnesota
Other Geospatial Little Fork River watershed
Scale 500000
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N