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Agricultural Chemicals in the Upper Midwest (Midcontinent Herbicide Reconnaissance)

A view looking down rows of corn.
Row crop (corn) near a well that was sampled for the reconnaissance of herbicide concentrations in Midwest groundwater.

A municipal well that was part of a network to determine ambient water-quality across Iowa.
A municipal well that was part of a network to determine ambient water-quality across Iowa. All sampling took place as close to the wellhead as possible--prior to any treatment (e.g., chlorination). Water samples were representative of the aquifer (raw water), not what people were necessarily drinking.

A view of a wellhead with the equipment used for sampling pesticides in groundwater.
The logistics for sampling groundwater for pesticides can get quite complicated. Great care is taken to prevent contamination of samples.

A view of Roberts Creek in northeast Iowa.
A view of Roberts Creek (northeastern Iowa) where USGS scientists conducted a study of atrazine (a herbicide) degradation.

Red dyed water moving down Roberts Creek, Iowa.
Dye was used in a study of atrazine (a herbicide) degradation on Roberts Creek, Iowa, to determine the transport time of water as it moves through the study reach of the stream. The red color in the stream is rhodamine WT dye.

Downstream view of Roberts Creek, Iowa.
Downstream view of Roberts Creek, Iowa, where USGS scientists conducted a study of the degradation of atrazine (a herbicide) in streams.

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