Effects of Mining, Grazing, and Roads on Sediment and Water Chemistry in Birch Creek, Nevada

by Roy C. Sidle, USDA, Forestry Sciences Lab, United States,
Michael C. Amacher, USDA, Forestry Sciences Lab, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Watershed Planning and Analysis in Action


Assessment of the cumulative effects of mining and other land uses on water quality of Birch Creek showed that mine dumps and roads increased fine sediment deposits in some reaches. Fines were trapped by large woody debris. Grazing appeared to have more adverse impacts on water chemistry than did mining activities.

Subject Headings: Mines and mining | Highways and roads | Sediment | Water chemistry | Chemistry | Rivers and streams | Water pollution | Soil pollution | Nevada | United States

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