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Muddy Creek Synoptic Study, June 27-July 1, 2010
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.
Water-quality data are available from the National Water Information System Web Interface (NWISWeb).
Table 1. Synoptic sampling sites in the Muddy Creek drainage basin.
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