Pesticides are used extensively in the largely agricultural Red River of the North (Red River) Basin, but, unlike many other agricultural basins, only small amounts are routinely detected in samples from streams in the basin. The pesticides detected comprise less than 2 percent of the amount applied and usually are at concentrations far less than established drinking water standards. Most of the detected pesticides seem to come from sources near the headwaters in the southern part of the basin. Although low, concentrations are related to pesticide application and runoff. Flat land slope, organic soils, pesticide management, and degradation all may limit pesticide contamination that reaches Red River Basin streams.
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Pesticide amounts are small in streams in the Red River of the North Basin, 1993-94|
|Series title||Open-File Report|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Contributing office(s)||Minnesota Water Science Center, North Dakota Water Science Center, Dakota Water Science Center|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|