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Muddy Creek Synoptic Study, June 27-July 1, 2010

Muddy Creek drainage basin

Muddy Creek drainage basin.

A synoptic study was conducted June 27-July 1, 2010 in the Muddy Creek drainage basin. The Muddy Creek drainage basin is in an area of energy develoment in south-central Wyoming. The synoptic study was integrated in nature and included the collection of water-quality, basin-sediment, and macroinvertebrate samples. Sampling sites were located on Muddy Creek from the headwaters area to near Baggs, Wyoming. Samples also were collected from three tributaries to Muddy Creek: Cow Creek; Wild Cow Creek; and Cherokee Creek.

Water-quality samples were collected for major ions (calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, alkalinity, chloride, fluoride, and sulfate) and selected trace elements (aluminum, barium, beryllium, cadmium, copper, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, selenium, uranium, and zinc). Basin sediments included bed-sediment samples from within the stream channel and soil-upland samples. Aquatic and terrestrial insects were collected. The occurrence of selenium in the various media and how it relates to basin characteristics, including geology, is of particular interest to USGS scientists.


Muddy Creek headwaters     Muddy Creek near Baggs, Wyoming

Muddy Creek headwaters.                                        Muddy Creek near Baggs, Wyoming.


Water-quality data are available from the National Water Information System Web Interface (NWISWeb).

Locations of Muddy Creek watershed sampling sites

Table 1. Synoptic sampling sites in the Muddy Creek drainage basin.

U.S. Geological Survey Site Number

Site Name

412325107244101 Muddy Creek above Canary Grove Draw near Baggs, WY
412638107274001 Muddy Creek below Littlefield Creek, near Dad, WY
09258050 Muddy Creek above Olson Draw, near Dad, WY
412614107452101 Muddy Creek near Dad, WY
412459107462101 Muddy Creek above wetlands, near Dad, WY
412142107465201 Muddy Creek at wetlands, near Dad, WY
411933107460301 Muddy Creek at Dad, WY
411805107442701 Muddy Creek above Cow Creek, near Dad, WY
411733107395601 Cow Creek below Dry Cow Creek, near Dad, WY
411600107375101 Wild Cow Creek at County Road 608, near Dad, WY
411441107344401 Cherokee Creek below BLM Road 3309, near Dad, WY
411304107410201 Muddy Creek below Cherokee Creek, near Dad, WY
411049107402101 Muddy Creek below Pines Draw, near Baggs, WY
09258980 Muddy Creek below Youngs Draw, near Baggs, WY


Water-quality measurements on Muddy Creek Soil coring on Muddy Creek uplands Macroinvertebrate sample from Muddy Creek
Water-quality measurements on Muddy Creek. Soil coring on Muddy Creek uplands. Macroinvertebrate sample from Muddy Creek.




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