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Jennifer T Wilson

North Texas Branch Chief

Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center

Office Phone: 512-927-3527
Fax: 512-927-3590

Texas Water Science Center - Austin
1505 Ferguson Lane
Austin , TX 78754-4501

Supervisor: Gregory P Stanton
Sediment samples and samples for water-toxicity testing were collected during 2014 from several streams in San Antonio, Texas known locally as the Westside creeks (Alazán, Apache, Martínez, and San Pedro Creeks) and from the San Antonio River. Samples were collected once during base-flow and again after periods of storm-water runoff (post-storm conditions) to determine baseline sediment- and water-quality conditions. Streambed-sediment samples were analyzed for selected constituents, including trace elements and organic contaminants such as pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), brominated flame retardants, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
Continuous monitoring and discrete water-quality sampling were coupled in a karst aquifer to assess drivers and timescales of water-quality change. Water-quality data included environmental tracers of groundwater age (tritium [3H], tritiogenic helium-3 [3He-trit], sulfur hexafluoride [SF6], carbon-14 [14C], and radiogenic helium-4 [4He-rad]). All water quality data is available from the U.S. Geological Survey NWIS database (U.S. Geological Survey, 2019). Groundwater ages were estimated by calibration of environmental tracers to lumped parameter models of groundwater age for multiple samples collected at six groundwater wells using the program TracerLPM (Jurgens and others, 2012). The final estimates for mean groundwater...
The Red River Basin of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana was chosen as a focus area study (FAS) as part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water Census (NWC). The objective of the NWC is to place technical information and tools in the hands of stakeholders so that they can make decisions on water availability. With this set objective, the USGS Water Science Centers in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana conducted a study of water use and availability for the Red River Basin to improve water withdrawal estimates and investigate trends in water resources under future climate conditions and increased water withdrawals using groundwater and surface-water models (MODFLOW...
Concerns exist that the degradation of water quality in Salado Creek near Salado, Texas could adversely affect recreational uses and harm salamander populations that live in and near springs that discharge into the stream. Salado is part of the rapidly growing Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood area; land-use changes in the Salado Creek watershed could adversely affect water quality in Salado Creek. Streamflow in Salado Creek is generally derived from the Salado Springs complex during low-flow conditions (dry weather) and from the springs and surface runoff during high-flow conditions (wet weather). A better understanding of the types of waste (human, animal, or both) that may be entering the stream and springs is needed...
The data herein were collected in support of a larger study in Gwinnett County, Georgia, on the potential impacts of on-site waste water treatment (septic systems) on Lake Lanier water quality. Until recently, a missing component in this assessment was the inclusion of historical sediment and associated nutrient accumulation data from the lake to place results in a broader context. To this end, the USGS collected sediment cores from ten locations that varied in water depth as well as proximity to residential areas with septic systems. Samples were collected using either a gravity corer or box corer depending on site conditions. Cores were sub-sampled and processed for laboratory analyses. Laboratory analyses were...
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