Monitoring water quantity and quality from natural and supplemental sources on Benton Lake NWR : FY14 [Progress Report]

Metadata Updated: October 10, 2019

Since 1990, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has measured the daily mean water flows into Benton Lake refuge via Lake Creek, the primary refuge inlet. These data are used by refuge staff to calculate annual flow volume into the refuge from both natural run-off and supplemental pumping from Muddy Creek. These data are then used in long-term and annual water management decisions.

In addition to water quantity, the USGS flow gauge is critical for evaluating water quality. Using historic mean concentrations of selenium in natural run-off and pumped water (Nimick et al. 1996), together with total water volume from the flow gauge, refuge staff can estimate the annual selenium load entering the refuge via Lake Creek.

The Regional Water Resources Division is no longer able to cover all of the cost to maintain the gauge. Refuge staff is working with the Division of Water Resources and USGS to find a cost-effective, long-term solution to refuge water monitoring needs.

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Metadata Created Date May 1, 2019
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