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Preimpoundment water quality of Raystown Branch Juniata River and six tributary streams, south-central Pennsylvania

Water-Resources Investigations Report 76-57

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Abstract

The Raystown Branch Juniata River watershed, which is the main water source for Raystown Lake, is a 960-square-mile (2,490 square kilometres) drainage basin in south-central Pennsylvania. Preimpoundment water-quality data were collected on the Raystown Branch and six tributary st.reams in the basin. Specific conductance values varied inversely with water discharge. The pH values were extremely low only at the Shoup Run site. Dissolved oxygen concentrations observed at all sites indicated a relatively high oxygen saturation level throughout the year. Seasonal variations in nitrate-N and orthophosphate-P levels were measured at the main inflow station at Saxton, Pa. The highest concentrations of nitrate-N and orthophosphate-P occurred in the winter and spring months and the lowest concentrations were measured dur:l.ng the swnmer and fall. Bacteriological data indicated no excessive -amounts of fecal matter present at the inflows. Soil samples collected at four sites in the impoundment area were predominantly of the Barbour, Philo, and Basher series, which are considered to be highly fertile soils with silt-loam and sandy~loam textures. Morphological features of the lake basin and low nutrient levels at the inflows should prevent excessive weed growth around the lake perimeter.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Preimpoundment water quality of Raystown Branch Juniata River and six tributary streams, south-central Pennsylvania
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
76-57
Year Published:
1976
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Pennsylvania Water Science Center
Description:
iv, 23 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Pennsylvania
Other Geospatial:
Raystown Branch Juniata River
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