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Water Quality Conditions Monitored at the Corps' Fort Peck Project in Montana during the 3-Year Period 2004 through 2006

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Corps Fort Peck Project consists of Fort Peck Dam and Fort Peck Reservoir. Fort Peck Dam is located on the Missouri River in northeastern Montana, 17 miles southeast of Glasgow, Montana. The reservoir and dam are authorized for the uses of flood control, recreation, fish and wildlife, hydroelectric power production, water supply, water quality, navigation, and irrigation. Habitat for one endangered species, pallid sturgeon Scaphirhynchus albus, occurs in the Missouri River upstream and downstream of Fort Peck Reservoir. Recreation at Fort Peck Reservoir is of great economic importance to the State of Montana, especially with respect to the reservoir s fishery. Fort Peck Reservoir currently maintains a two-story fishery that is comprised of warmwater and coldwater species. The ability of the reservoir to maintain a two-story fishery is due to the reservoir s thermal stratification in the summer into a colder bottom region and warmer surface region. Water quality monitoring was conducted at the Fort Peck Project by the Omaha District over the 3-year period of 2004 through 2006. The water quality monitoring conducted included 1 continuing long-term, fixed-station monitoring in the reservoir at a near-dam deepwater location 2 continuous monitoring i.e., hourly of water quality conditions in the powerhouse of water discharged through Fort Peck Dam and 3 intensive water quality surveys in 2004, 2005, and 2006. The results of this monitoring were used to assess the existing water quality conditions of Fort Peck Reservoir.

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  • Water Pollution and Control

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