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Sources of Pathogens, Nutrients, and Sediment in the Upper Little River Basin, Kentucky (2012-14)


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Crain, A.S., Cherry, M.A., Williamson, T.N., and Bunch, A.R., 2017, Sources of Pathogens, Nutrients, and Sediment in the Upper Little River Basin, Kentucky (2012-14): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Little River Water-Quality Consortium (LRWQC), collected water samples at 19 sites in the upper Little River Basin, Kentucky, from November 1, 2012 to November 30, 2014. This digital dataset contains site information, analyzing laboratories and methods, and water chemistry for these samples. Water chemistry results include concentrations of nutrients, suspended sediment, dual-nitrate isotopes, Escherichia coli, and microbial-source genetic markers.


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Table1_Site_Information.csv 1.88 KB text/csv
Table2_Water_quality_data.csv 83.02 KB text/csv
Table3_Microbial_source_genetic_marker_data.csv 9.64 KB text/csv
Table4_Sediment_fingerprinting_data.csv 6.62 KB text/csv


The objectives of the study were to identify potential sources of fecal-indicator bacteria, nitrate, and suspended sediment, inform the Total Maximum Daily Load process, and aid in the implementation of effective watershed management activities in the upper Little River Basin with the main focus of source identification being the South Fork Little River Basin. The data collected to fulfill these objectives identify and quantify fecal-indicator bacteria, nitrate, and sediment.



  • Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center
  • USGS Data Release Products



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DOI doi:10.5066/F7ZS2TPW

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