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Retrospective Database for Nutrients in Ground Water and Surface Water

Header and several example records for the surface-water nutrient retrospective database

This surface-water nutrient retrospective database was compiled by
Dave Mueller in 1994 from data and information provided by NAWQA study
units that began in 1991.

See World Wide Web site
http:/water.usgs.gov/nawqa/nutrients/datasets/retrodesc.html
for more information on this retrospective data set.

NOTE: Concentrations less than detection are reported as negative
      values of the detection limit.
      Missing values are indicated by a decimal point.

 Columns    Description
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  1 -   4   NAWQA study unit:  ACFB = Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin
                               ALBE = Albemarle-Pamlico Drainage
                               CCPT = Central Columbia Plateau
                               CNBR = Central Nebraska Basins
                               CONN = Connecticut, Housatonic, and Thames River Basins
                               GAFL = Georgia-Florida Coastal Plain
                               HDSN = Hudson River Basin
                               LSUS = Lower Susquehanna River Basin
                               NVBR = Nevada Basin and Range
                               OZRK = Ozark Plateaus
                               POTO = Potomac River Basin
                               RIOG = Rio Grande Valley
                               SANJ = San Joaquin-Tulare Basins
                               SPLT = South Platte River Basin
                               TRIN = Trinity River Basin
                               USNK = Upper Snake River Basin
                               WMIC = Western Lake Michigan Drainages
                               WHIT = White River Basin
  7 -  21   Station (site identification number
 25 -  60   Station name
 69 -  74   Latitude (degrees, minutes, seconds)
 78 -  84   Longitude (degrees, minutes, seconds)
 87 -  92   Drainage basin area (square miles)
 95 - 104   Land use:  Agric      = agricultural land
                       Undevel    = mostly undeveloped land (forest, wetland, or rangeland)
                       Urban      = urban or built-up land
                       Ag/Mix     = mixed agricultural and undeveloped land
                       Urb/Mix    = mixed urban and undeveloped land
                       Ag/Urban   = mixed agricultural and urban land
                       Integrated = large drainage basins with multiple land uses
113 - 119   Population in the upstream drainage basin (not available for some sites)
125 - 127   Soil hydrologic group (source: U.S. Soil Conservation Service State Soil Geographic (STATSGO) Database
              Original categorical variable A - D converted to continuous variable ranging from 1 to 4
              1=A (well drained), 2=B (moderately well drained), 3=C (poorly drained), 4=D (very poorly drained)
              (not available for many sites)
130 - 137   Sampling date
142 - 147   Streamflow at the time of sampling
151 - 155   Ammonia as N (milligrams per liter)
159 - 163   Nitrate as N (milligrams per liter)
167 - 171   Total nitrogen (milligrams per liter)
174 - 179   Orthophosphate as P (milligrams per liter)
182 - 187   Total phosphorous (milligrams per liter)
192 - 195   Specific conductance (not available for some sites)
201 - 203   pH (not available for some sites)
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ACFB  02343801          CHATTAHOOCHEE R AT ANDREWS L&D NR C         311533    850637    8210  Ag/Urban                .      .   82-10-19     13800    0.05    0.15    0.65  -0.020   0.020       .      . 
ACFB  02343801          CHATTAHOOCHEE R AT ANDREWS L&D NR C         311533    850637    8210  Ag/Urban                .      .   83-01-25     22500    0.09    0.50    0.60   0.030   0.080       .      . 
ACFB  02343801          CHATTAHOOCHEE R AT ANDREWS L&D NR C         311533    850637    8210  Ag/Urban                .      .   83-03-22     23700    0.05    0.36    0.76  -0.020   0.040       .      . 
ACFB  02343801          CHATTAHOOCHEE R AT ANDREWS L&D NR C         311533    850637    8210  Ag/Urban                .      .   83-05-10      1240   -0.02    0.27    0.57  -0.020   0.050       .      . 
ACFB  02343801          CHATTAHOOCHEE R AT ANDREWS L&D NR C         311533    850637    8210  Ag/Urban                .      .   83-07-18     14700    0.05     .       .    -0.020   0.050       .      . 
ACFB  02343801          CHATTAHOOCHEE R AT ANDREWS L&D NR C         311533    850637    8210  Ag/Urban                .      .   83-08-24      9790    0.04     .       .    -0.020   0.070       .      . 

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