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Des Moines River Water Quality Network (DRWQM), Red Rock and Saylorville Reservoirs

Red Rock Dam

Red Rock Dam

Researcher(s)

Co-principal investigators:

Project status

In progress

Start date: 12/04/98
End date: 12/31/05

Publications

Project webpage: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/research/lutz/dmrwqn/dmrwqn.html

Report: Des Moines River Water Quality Network (DRWQM), Red Rock and Saylorville Reservoirs March 2003

Sponsor(s)/partner(s)

Sponsor(s): Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers

About the research

Abstract: The Des Moines River Water Quality Network is a surface water quality project sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers that collects water samples year-round at locations along the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers and Saylorville and Red Rock reservoirs. The purpose of the projects is to evaluate the affects of Saylorville and Red Rock dams on downstream river quality and to characterize upstream water quality. The project was initiated in 1967 as a pre-impoundment study of the Saylorville Reservoir reach and has evolved into a post-impoundment study of Saylorville and Red Rock reservoirs.

The Scope of Work under the current research contracts specifies that over 40 parameters be quantified at seven different sites on 22 separate occasions. The parameters examined include dissolved oxygen, pH, alkalinity, hardness, ammonia, nitrite plus nitrate, phosphate, BOD, suspended solids, chlorophyll pigments, coliform bacteria and trace metals. Additionally, pesticide residues in fish will be examined.