Sugar Creek, within the twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, Illinois, has differences in water quantity and quality as a result of urban runoff and overflows from combined sewers.
Water-quality data from five primary and eight secondary locations showed three basic types of responses to climatic and hydrologic stresses. Stream temperatures and concentrations of dissolved oxygen, ammonia nitrogen, total phosphorus, biochemical oxygen demand, and fecal bacteria showed seasonal variations. Conductivity (dissolved solids), pH, chloride, and suspended solids concentrations varied more closely with stream discharges. Total organic carbon, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, biochemical oxygen demand, and fecal coliform and fecal streptococcal bacteria concentrations exhibited variations indicative of initial flushing action during storm runoff.
Selected analyses for herbicides, insecticides, and other complex organic compounds in solution and in bed material showed that these constituents were coming from sources other than the municipal sanitary treatment plant effluent. Analyses for 10 common metals: arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, and zinc showed changes in concentrations below the municipal sanitary plant outfall.
Prugh, B.J., Jr., 1978, Water quality in the Sugar Creek basin, Bloomington and Normal, Illinois:U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 78–78, 40 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/wri7878.
Table of Contents
- Data Evaluation
- Special Studies
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Water quality in the Sugar Creek basin, Bloomington and Normal, Illinois|
|Series title||Water-Resources Investigations Report|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||Illinois Water Science Center|
|Description||vi, 40 p.|
|Other Geospatial||Sugar Creek Basin|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|