Jordan Creek baseline water quality project


Samples were collected at eight sites along Jordan Creek and two sites along side streams to determine the baseline characteristics of the Jordan Creek preceding the restoration measures by the Corp of Engineers and the city of Springfield. Specific contaminants measured include total nitrogen, total phosphorus, petroleum hydrocarbons, and heavy metals (Zn, Pb, Cu, As, and Cd). The sites that were upstream of the downtown area (NFR and SFR) and those along side streams (FAS and SCE) demonstrated higher total nitrogen concentrations during storm events. Concentrations at the downtown sites were not significantly higher, but they still reflected a higher nutrient load because of increased water volume during the storm event. Most petroleum hydrocarbon concentrations from surface water samples were at or below the lower limit of quantitation for the method (5 mg/L). This is an abstract of a paper presented in the 229th ACS National Meeting (San Diego, CA 3/13-17/2005).



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ACS, Division of Environmental Chemistry - Preprints of Extended Abstracts