Semicontinuous water quality measurement at the Tracy Fish Collection Facility, Tracy, California, April 2002 to March 2003

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California, collection, collection facility, Fish, measurement, Tracy, Water, water quality, fish facility, temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, OXYGEN, conductivity, turbidity, river, DELTA, cover, hydrology, Tides, tide, installation, removal, UNITS, status, channel, barriers, operation, river flow, Flow, RESPONSES, range

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Springfield, VA


National Technical Information Service

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Tracy Fish Facility Studies Vol. 26


Water quality variables including temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, electrical conductivity, oxidation-reduction potential, and turbidity were measured at 30-minute intervals using a calibrated Hydrolab Datasonde 4a multiprobe installed in the Old River at the Bureau of Reclamation's Tracy Fish Collection Facility (TFCF), located near Tracy, California, in the southern region of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. This report summarizes the third year of baseline water quality data collection covering the period between April 1, 2002 through March 31, 2003. The water quality data were compared to local meteorology, hydrology, tides, export pumping at State and Federal pumping plants, fish salvage at the TFCF, and temporary barrier installation and removal schedule data. Third year water quality data showed responses to increased runoff in the Sacramento River and continued drought in the southern Central Valley. Annual ranges 9with median values in parentheses) were 8.2 to 26.9C (17.7C) for temperature, 195 to 1020 microsiemens per cm (400 microsiemens per cm) for conductivity, 4/04 to 12.5 mg/L (7.94 mg/L) for dissolved oxygen, 279 to 773 mV (581 mV) for redox potential, 4.60 to 8.67 (7.52) for pH, and <5 to >150 NTU (17.6 NTU) for turbidity. As with the previous years' data, the most significant influence on water quality appears to be tides, the status of nearby temporary channel barriers, and the operation of the Delta Cross Channel gates near Walnut Grove, California. When barriers are installed and the Cross Channel gates are open from April through October, daily variations and maximum EC are much lower than when higher conductivity water from the San Joaquin River flows relatively unimpeded to the TFCF.

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