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Chemical and biological quality of streams at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana, 1978-80

Water-Resources Investigations Report 83-4208

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Abstract

A variety of land uses affects water quality of streams at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Discharge from storm sewers and runoff from roads contributed lead, zinc, and chlorinated hydrocarbons (chlordane, DOT, ODD, DDE, and PCB's) to all streams except Derby ditch. In addition, the Little Calumet River received ammonia from industrial discharges, and organic materials, nitrogen, phosphorus, and fecal coliform from wastewater-treatment-plant and combinedsanitary- and storm-sewer discharges. As a result, water at some sites in the lower reaches of the Little Calumet River contained dissolved-ammonium-nitrogen concentrations exceeding 0.10 milligram per liter, dissolved-oxygen concentrations less than 3.0 milligrams per liter, and fecal coliform populations exceeding 2,000 colonies per 100 milliliters.

Seepage from two landfills may have caused the concentration of dissolved solids in the west Grand Calumet River lagoon to exceed that in the east lagoon. Ammonium concentrations in the west lagoon ranged from 13 to 16 milligrams per liter as nitrogen.

Pesticides used in agricultural areas were the major source of DOT, ODD, DDE, and dieldrin on streambed materials. Runoff from residential areas was a major source of nitrate, organic materials, and chlordane in Derby ditch and Dunes Creek.

Wetland drainage contributed significant amounts of organic materials to streams and at times increased concentrations of dissolved sulfate and iron. Dissolved-iron concentrations correlated with dissolved-organic-carbon concentrations in yellow-brown water of Kintzele and Derby ditches.

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Chemical and biological quality of streams at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana, 1978-80
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
83-4208
Year Published:
1984
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Indianapolis, IN
Contributing office(s):
Indiana Water Science Center
Description:
viii, 95 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.
First page:
1
Last page:
95
Country:
United States
State:
Indiana
Other Geospatial:
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N