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Similar agricultural areas, different ground-water quality, Red River of the North Basin, 1993-95

Open-File Report 95-441

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey has studied the ground-water quality within two areas of the Red River of the North Basin in southeastern North Dakota and west-central Minnesota. Although both areas are underlain by sandy surficial aquifers over which intensive irrigated agriculture dominates the land use, their ground-water quality differs. Ground water from the eastern study area has significantly higher concentrations of nitrate and agricultural herbicides than does ground water from the western area. Major differences in rainfall and minor differences in soils, depth to ground water, and agricultural practices between these two areas can account for the differences measured in ground-water quality. These same factors may indicate changes in ground-water quality from agricultural land uses in other surficial aquifers in the Red River of the North Basin.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Similar agricultural areas, different ground-water quality, Red River of the North Basin, 1993-95
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
95-441
Year Published:
1995
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Mounds View, MN
Contributing office(s):
Minnesota Water Science Center
Description:
4 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
Other Geospatial:
Red River of the North Basin
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N