National Research Program


Sediment-Transported Pollutants in the Mississippi River

The source and fate of many pollutant substances in the Nation's largest river system are closely tied to suspended sediment. Accurate prediction of the fate of these pollutants will require more than our present understanding of the interactions between sediments and pollutants and the ways in which large rivers store and remobilize suspended sediment. Project objectives are to define and understand: (1) processes by which pollutant substances, organic and inorganic, are adsorbed onto sediment particles, (2) downstream mixing of pollutants below the confluence of large tributaries with the mainstem, and (3) seasonal storage and remobilization of sediment and pollutants, in the Mississippi River system.

REPORTS PUBLISHED 1995

Brinton, T.I., Garbarino, J.R., Peart, D.B., Taylor, H.E., and Antweiler, R.C., 1995, Concentration and transport data for dissolved inorganic constituents in water samples collected during seven cruises on the Mississippi River and some of its tributaries, July 1987-June 1990: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 94-524 (in press).

Coupe, R.H., Goolsby, D.A., Iverson, J.L., Markovchick, D.J., and Zaugg, S.D., 1995, Pesticide, nutrient, water-discharge, and physical-property data for the Mississippi River and some of its tributaries, April 1991- September 1992: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 93-657, 116 p.

Garbarino, J.R., Antweiler, R.C., Brinton, T.I., Roth, D.A., and Taylor, H.E., 1995, Concentration and transport data for selected dissolved inorganic constituents and dissolved organic carbon in water collected from the Mississippi River and some of its tributaries, July 1991-May 1992: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 95-149, 149 p. Goolsby, D.A., and Battaglin, W.A., 1995, Occurrence and distribution of pesticides in rivers of the midwestern United States, in Leng, M.L., Leovey, E.M.K., and Zubkoff, P.L., eds., Agrochemical environment fate: State of the art: Boca Raton, Fla., CRC Press, p. 159-173.

Leenheer, J. A., Barber, L.B., Rostad, C.E., and Noyes, T.I., 1995, Data on natural organic substances in dissolved, colloidal, suspended-silt-and- clay, and bed-sediment phases in the Mississippi River and some of its tributaries, 1991-92: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 94-4191, 47 p.

Meade, R.H., ed., 1995, Contaminants in the Mississippi River, 1987-92: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1133, 140p.

Meade, R.H., and Leenheer, J.A., 1995, Contaminants in the Mississippi River: U.S. Geological Survey Yearbook Fiscal Year 1994, p. 52-55.

Moody, J.A., 1995, Propagation and composition of the flood wave on the Upper Mississippi River, 1993: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1120-F, 22 p.

Moody, J.A., and Meade, R.H., 1995, Hydrologic and sedimentologic data collected during three cruises on the Mississippi River and some of its tributaries from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to New Orleans, Louisiana, July 1991-May 1992: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 94-474, 159 p.

Pereira, W.E., Moody, J.A., Hostettler, F.D., Rostad, C.E., and Leiker, T.J., 1995, Concentrations and mass transport of pesticides and organic contaminants in the Mississippi River and some of its tributaries, 1987-89 and 1991-92: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 94-376, 169 p.

Rathbun, R.E., 1995, Trihalomethane and nonpurgeable total organic-halide formation potentials for the Mississippi River and some of its tributaries, March-April 1992: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 94-336, 55 p.

Taylor, H.E., and Shiller, A.M., 1995, Mississippi River methods comparison study: implications for water quality monitoring of dissolved trace elements: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 29, no 5, p. 1313- 1317.

Taylor, H.E., Shiller, A.M., Garbarino, J.R., and Brinton, T.I. 1995, Intercomparison experiments on dissolved trace-metal data from the Mississippi River and some of its major tributaries, 1987-90: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 93-628, 28 p.

Writer, J.H., Leenheer, J.A., Barber, L.B., Amy, G.L., and Chapra, S.C., 1995, Sewage contamination in the Upper Mississippi River as measured by the fecal sterol, coprostanol: Water Research, v. 29, p. 1427-1436.

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