Nutrient Loading to Lost River and Klamath River Subbasins

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The USGS has characterized nutrient concentrations in the Klamath River and Lost River drainages over multiple years, identified spatial and temporal patterns in nutrient and organic carbon concentrations, and quantified surface water nutrient loads entering and exiting the Klamath Project.

The USGS has computed a nutrient budget (including total phosphorus, total nitrogen, 5-day biochemical oxygen demand, and 5-day carboneceous biochemical oxygen demand) at specified sites within the Klamath Reclamation Project. This budget can also be used to better characterize water quality in the Lost River and Upper Klamath River Basin. The study was conducted over three years beginning in March 2012 and ending in March 2015, and utilized data collected by the Bureau of Reclamation and the USGS.