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Total Phosphorus Load and Ancillary Data Related to Sources of Total Phosphorus in the Red River of the North Basin

Data supporting structural equation modeling of total phosphorus loads


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Ryberg, K.R., Falcone, J.A., and Kolars, K.A., 2016, Total phosphorus load and ancillary data related to sources of total phosphorus in the Red River of the North Basin—Data supporting structural equation modeling of total phosphorus loads: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The Red River of the North (Red River) transports phosphorus from North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota, to Manitoba, Canada, and eventually into Lake Winnipeg. Phosphorus load (or flux) is the amount of total phosphorus (TP) transported by the Red River. The effect of TP load on water quality is a concern, especially with respect to downstream eutrophication issues in Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. There is interest at the State and International level to reduce TP flux – an expensive proposition, depending on the method (controlling sources, settling ponds, buffer strips, changes in land use) that is not always effective during spring runoff. The purpose of the study for which these data were developed is to test causal hypotheses, [...]

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Point of Contact :
Karen R Ryberg
Metadata Contact :
Karen R Ryberg, James Falcone
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
USGS Mission Area :
Water Resources
SDC Data Owner :
Dakota Water Science Center


These data are intended to support a study testing causal hypotheses for total phosphorus loads in Red River of the North Basin.

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doi doi:10.5066/F79G5JWD

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