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Blue River Basin, Missouri and Kansas

Map of sections studied in Missouri and KansasSamples were collected from 16 base-flow events and a minimum of 10 stormflow events between July 1998 and October 2000 to characterize the effects of wastewater and combined sewer overflows on water quality in the Blue River Basin, Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas. Water quality effects were determined by analysis of nutrients, chloride, chemical and biochemical oxygen demand, and suspended sediment samples from three streams (Blue River, Brush Creek, and Indian Creek) in the basin as well as the determination of a suite of compounds known to be indicative of wastewater including antioxidants, caffeine, detergent metabolites, antimicrobials, and selected over-the-counter and prescription pharmaceuticals. Constituent loads were determined for both hydrologic regimes, and a measure of the relative water-quality impact of selected stream reaches on the Blue River and Brush Creek was developed.

Available Publications

Wilkison, D.H., Armstrong, D.J., Blevins, D.W., 2002, Effects of wastewater and combined sewer overflows on water quality in the Blue River Basin, Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas, July 1998-October 2000: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 02-4107, 162 p.

Wilkison, D.H., Armstrong, D.J., Norman, R.D., Polton, B.C., Furlong, E.T., and Zaugg, S.D., 2006, Water quality in the Blue River Basin, Kansas City metropolitan area, Missouri and Kansas, July 1998 to October 2004: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2006-3103, 6 p.

Wilkison, D.H., Armstrong, D.J., Norman, R.D., Poulton, B.C., Furlong, E.T., and Zaugg, S.D., 2006, Water quality in the Blue River Basin, Kansas City metropolitan area, Missouri and Kansas, July 1998 to October 2004: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5147, 170 p.

Wilkison, D.H., Cahill, J.D., Zaugg, S.D., Poulton, B.C., and Armstrong, D.J., 2004, Source and fate of pharmaceuticals and selected organic wastewater compounds in the Blue River Basin, metropolitan Kansas City, USA: in Proceedings of the 4nd International conference on pharmaceuticals and endocrine disrupting chemicals in water, Minneapolis, Minn., National Ground Water Association, October 13-15, 2004, CD-ROM, p. 36-37.

More Information

  • Project contact: Don Wilkison
  • For additional information on USGS water programs in Missouri: http://mo.water.usgs.gov/
  • For additional information on USGS water programs in Kansas: http://ks.water.usgs.gov/

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