Low-flow study of the Pike River Basin, Racine and Kenosha counties, Wisconsin

Open-File Report 75-653
Prepared in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
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Abstract

The low-flow characteristics of the Pike River basin, Racine and Kenosha Counties were studied to determine the feasibility of Public Law 566 watershed-protection practices. Two seepage runs, one in October 1973, and the other in September 1974, showed that most of the low flow is combined treated-sewage and industrial cooling-water discharge. This effluent was 4.66 cubic feet per second (1.3 cubic metres per second) on September 19, 1974, and discharged into the headwaters of the Pike River; near the mouth the discharge was essentially the same. During drought this effluent could be lost gradually by evapotranspiration and by seepage to the ground-water reservoir. The Q7,2 discharge estimate near the mouth is 0.0 cubic foot per second. Water temperatures October 25-26, 1973, ranged from 9.5 to 16 degrees Celsius, whereas those for. September 19-20, 1974, ranged from 10 to 22 degrees Celsius. Dissolved oxygen October 25-26, 1973, ranged from 4 to 13.5 milligrams per litre; for September 19-20, 1974, the range was from 6.0 to 12.5 milligrams per litre. Specific conductance October 25-26, 1973, ranged from 480 to 1,350 micromhos; for September 19-20, 1974, the range was from 380 to 1,400 micromhos.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Low-flow study of the Pike River Basin, Racine and Kenosha counties, Wisconsin
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 75-653
DOI 10.3133/ofr75653
Year Published 1976
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Wisconsin Water Science Center
Description vi, 10 p.
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Kenosha County, Racine County
Other Geospatial Pike River
Scale 24000
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N