Accession Number:

ADA439958

Title:

Surface-Water Quality Assessment of the North Fork Red River Basin Upstream From Lake Altus, Oklahoma, 2002

Descriptive Note:

Open file rept.

Corporate Author:

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2003-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

Elevated salinity in the North Fork Red River is a major concern of the Bureau of Reclamation W. C. Austin Project at Lake Altus. Understanding the relation between surface-water runoff, ground-water discharge. and surface-water quality is important for maintaining the beneficial use of water in the North Fork Red River basin. Agricultural practices. petroleum production. and natural dissolution of salt-bearing bedrock have the potential to influence the quality of nearby surface water. The U.S. Geological Survey. in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation, sampled stream discharge and water chemistry at 19 stations on the North Fork Red River and tributaries. To characterize surface-water resources of the basin in a systematic manner, samples were collected synoptically during receding streamflow conditions during July 8-11 2002. Together, sulfate and chloride usually constitute greater than half of the dissolved solids. Concentrations of sulfate ranged from 87.1 to 3,450 milligrams per liter. The minimum value was measured at McClellan Creek near Back 07301303, and the maximum value was measured at Bronco Creek near Twitty 07301303. Concentrations of chloride ranged from 33.2 to 786 milligrams per liter. The minimum value was measured at a North Fork Red River tributary unnamed near Twitty 073013 10, and the maximum value was measured at the North Fork Red River near Back 07301190, the most upstream sample station.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
  • Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE