Characterization of streamflow, water quality, and instantaneous dissolved solids, selenium, and uranium loads in selected reaches of the Arkansas River, southeastern Colorado, 2009-2010

Scientific Investigations Report 2012-5234
Prepared in cooperation with the City of Aurora, Colorado Springs Utilities, Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District, Pueblo Board of Water Works, Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, and Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District
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Abstract

As a result of continued water-quality concerns in the Arkansas River, including metal contamination from historical mining practices, potential effects associated with storage and movement of water, point- and nonpoint-source contamination, population growth, storm-water flows, and future changes in land and water use, the Arkansas River Basin Regional Resource Planning Group (RRPG) developed a strategy to address these issues. As such, a cooperative strategic approach to address the multiple water-quality concerns within selected reaches of the Arkansas River was developed to (1) identify stream reaches where stream-aquifer interactions have a pronounced effect on water quality and (or) where reactive transport, and physical and (or) chemical alteration of flow during conveyance, is occurring, (2) quantify loading from point sources, and (3) determine source areas and mass loading for selected constituents. (To see the complete abstract, open Report PDF.)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Characterization of streamflow, water quality, and instantaneous dissolved solids, selenium, and uranium loads in selected reaches of the Arkansas River, southeastern Colorado, 2009-2010
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2012-5234
DOI 10.3133/sir20125234
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Colorado Water Science Center
Description viii, 60 p.
Time Range Start 2009-06-01
Time Range End 2010-10-31
Country United States
State Colorado
County Baca;Bent;Chaffee;Cheyenne;Costilla;Crowley;Custer;El Paso;Elbert;Fremont;Huerfano;Kiowa;Lake;Las Animas;Lincoln;Otero;Prowers;Pueblo;Teller
City Pueblo
Other Geospatial Arkansas River
Projection Universal Transverse Mercator projection Zone 13
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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