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Hydrogeochemical data from an acidic deposition study at McDonalds Branch basin in the New Jersey Pinelands, 1983-86

January 1, 1994

Data from a 1983-86 acidic-deposition study at McDonalds Branch basin, a small (2.35-sq-mi) forested watershed in Lebanon State Forest, New Jersey include mineralogy of soil and depositional clays; physical and chemical analyses of soils; hydrologic measurements (precipitation and throughfall amounts, stream stage and discharge, and water-table altitudes); and water quality data from precipitation, throughfall, soil water, surface water, and groundwater. Site locations, collector designs, and well- construction data also are presented. The pH of bulk precipitation to McDonalds Branch basin over the sampling period (January 1985 to March 1986) ranged from 4.0 to 4.7, with a mean of approximately 4.3. Stream pH ranged from 3.2 to 4.8 and generally increased in a downstream direction. In general sulfate was the dominant anion throughout the basin. Aluminum concentrations commonly were elevated in surface and groundwaters, and were as high as 10,000 micrograms/L at one upstream site on McDonalds Branch. Dissolved organic carbon was an important component of stream waters in some locations and ranged in concentration from 1/1 to 37 mg/L. (USGS)

Citation Information

Publication Year 1990
Title Hydrogeochemical data from an acidic deposition study at McDonalds Branch basin in the New Jersey Pinelands, 1983-86
DOI 10.3133/ofr88500
Authors D.G. Lord, J.L. Barringer, P.A. Johnsson, P. F. Schuster, R.L. Walker, J.E. Fairchild, B.N. Sroka, Eric Jacobsen
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 88-500
Index ID ofr88500
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse