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Effects of the proposed Prosperity Reservoir on ground water and water quality in lower Center Creek basin, Missouri

Water-Resources Investigations Report 80-88

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Abstract

Effects of the proposed Prosperity Reservoir on ground water and water quality in lower Center Creek basin depend partly on the effectiveness of Grove Creek as a hydrologic boundary between the reservoir site and the Oronogo-Duenweg mining belt. Results of two dye traces indicate that Grove Creek probably is not an effective boundary. Therefore, higher water levels near the reservoir may cause more ground water to move into the mining belt and cause a greater discharge of zinc-laden mine water into Center Creek.

Ground-water-level measurements and seepage runs on Center Creek indicate a relationship between ground-water levels, mine-water discharge and seepage, and base flow in Center Creek. From March to October 1979, ground-water levels generally decreased from 5 to 20 feet at higher elevations (recharge areas) and from 1 to 3 feet near Center Creek (discharge area); total mine water discharged to the surface before entering Center Creek decreased from 5.4 to 2.2 cubic feet per second; mine-water seepage directly to Center Creek decreased from an estimated 1.9 to 1.1 cubic feet per second; and the discharge of Center Creek near Carterville decreased from 184 to 42 cubic feet per second.

Fertilizer industry wastes discharged into Grove Creek resulted in significant increases of nitrogen and phosphorus in lower Center Creek.

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Effects of the proposed Prosperity Reservoir on ground water and water quality in lower Center Creek basin, Missouri
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
80-88
Year Published:
1980
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
iii, 29 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Missouri
Other Geospatial:
Center Creek Basin