Summary Information
Rio Grande River Sonde Data from Bernalillo County, New Mexico (2006-2007)
Creator:
Individual: David Van Horn
Physical Address:
Phone: US
Email: vanhorn@unm.edu
Creator:
Individual: Clifford Dahm
Physical Address:
Delivery Address: Sevilleta LTER, 167 Castetter Hall, University of New Mexico
City: Albuquerque
Locality: NM
Postal Code: 87131
Phone: US
Email: cdahm@sevilleta.unm.edu
Metadata Provider:
Individual: Information Manager Sevilleta LTER
Physical Address:
Delivery Address: 1 University of New Mexico
City: Albuquerque
Postal Code: 87131
Phone: US
Phone: (505) 277-2109
Phone: (505) 277.5355
Email: data-use@sevilleta.unm.edu
Associated Party:
Individual: David Van Horn
Physical Address:
Phone: US
Email: vanhorn@unm.edu
Role: data manager
Associated Party:
Individual: David Van Horn
Physical Address:
Phone: US
Email: vanhorn@unm.edu
Role: field crew
Publication Date: 2016-03-09
Language: English
Abstract:
Human populations in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas depend on the Rio Grande for municipal water, agricultural irrigation, and recreation. The Rio Grande and its riparian corridor also support thousands of species of plants, invertebrates and vertebrates, some of which include over 300 species of migratory birds and the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow and southwestern willow flycatcher. Eutrophication and salinization are the two most important types of water quality degradation which negatively impact the human and nonhuman biological communities in this water poor region. In spite of their significance, few published studies have investigated anthropogenic and natural sources of nutrients and dissolved solids to the Rio Grande. This study investigated the patterns and trends of nutrients and dissolved solids in the Middle Rio Grande (MRG) on a monthly basis from September 2005 – January 2008. During all months, wastewater treatment plants were the major source of nutrients to the MRG. Under high flow conditions, nutrient levels remained elevated for 260 river kilometers below the wastewater inputs. During months when significant portions of the river flow were diverted for irrigation, nitrate and phosphate were removed from the MRG and concentrations at the downstream end of the reach were returned to levels comparable to the un-impacted northern reach of river. Dissolved solids were added to the river by both wastewater and saline tributary inputs. Both anthropogenic and natural inputs of dissolved solids were found to affect water quality in the MRG. Continuous real-time measurements of temperature, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity also were initiated at four sites above and through the urban reach of the City of Albuquerque. Preliminary results show increasing turbidity and dissolved oxygen depletions associated with storm runoff from urban areas. 
Keywords:
Keyword: inorganic nutrients
Keyword Thesaurus: Core Areas
Keywords:
Keyword: salinity
Keyword: urban
Keyword: turbidity
Keyword: water quality
Keyword: nutrients
Keyword: dissolved oxygen
Keyword: water
Keyword: rivers
Keyword Thesaurus: LTER Controlled Vocabulary
Additional Information:
Additional Site Information: site_number,site_name,site,latitude,longitude,river_kilometer,rgtrib,IsSonde 48,Alameda_Drain,ALMDRAIN,35.20,-106.64,98.91,T,0 49,Albuqerque_Riverside_Drai,ABQRSDRN,34.95,-106.68,131.13,T,0 14,Albuqerque_WWTP,ABQCWWTP,35.02,-106.67,122.86,T,0 17,Atrisco_Drain,ATRSCDRN,34.95,-106.68,131.08,T,0 2,Bernalillo_WWTP,BERNWWTP,35.31,-106.56,81.90,T,0 12,Central_Bride_Drain,CENDRAIN,35.10,-106.69,112.51,T,0 45,Elephant_Butte,ELEBUTTE,33.15,-107.22,375.41,M,0 8,LCRDR,LCRDRAIN,35.16,-106.67,104.48,M,0 33,LFCC_at_NB_Gate_BD,LFCCNGBD,33.87,-106.85,267.50,T,0 32,LFCC_at_NCP,FCCLNCP,33.96,-106.85,257.65,T,0 35,LFCC_at_SB_Gate_BD,LFCCSGBD,33.72,-106.91,287.09,T,0 44,LFCC_at_ST_PK_Gate,LFCCSTPK,33.63,-107.00,304.64,T,0 19,LL_WWTP,LOSLWWTP,34.78,-106.73,152.10,T,0 23,LPDR1,LPDR1DRN,34.66,-106.74,166.92,T,0 25,LPDR2,LPDR2DRN,34.59,-106.75,175.02,T,0 28,L_&_J_Drain,LNJDRAIN,34.37,-106.84,203.48,T,0 10,Oxbow_Drain,OXBDRAIN,35.14,-106.69,107.70,T,0 21,Peralta,Wasteway,PERALTWW,34.69,-106.74,162.83,T,0 41,RG_Above_Isleta_(I_25),RGABVISL,34.95,-106.68,131.11,M,1 7,RG_Alameda,RGALAMED,35.16,-106.67,104.46,M,0 40,RG_Angostura,RGANGOST,35.38,-106.50,70.84,M,0 13,RG_at_Central_Br,RGCENTBR,35.09,-106.68,113.59,M,0 9,RG_at_LCRDR,RGLCRDR,35.13,-106.69,107.81,M,0 42,RG_at_NCP,RGATNCP,33.96,-106.85,257.87,M,0 11,RG_at_Oxbow,RGOXBOW,35.11,-106.69,111.10,M,0 46,RG_at_Rio_Bravo,RGRIOBRV,35.03,-106.67,121.82,M,1 43,RG_at_Shirk,RGATSHRK,0.00,0.00,128.00,M,0 37,RG_at_ST_PK_Gate,RGSTPKGT,33.58,-107.06,312.87,M,0 24,RG_Belen_Bridge,RGBLENBR,34.59,-106.75,175.02,M,0 26,RG_Belen_Tower_Site,RGBLENTW,34.55,-106.76,180.91,M,0 15,RG_Below_ABQ_WWT,RGABQWWT,0.00,0.00,125.00,M,0 3,RG_Below_Bernalillo_WWTP,RGBERLWW,35.28,-106.60,86.65,M,0 18,RG_Below_Isleta,RGBELISL,34.87,-106.72,141.95,M,0 20,RG_Below_LL_WWTP,RGLLWWTP,34.69,-106.74,162.70,M,0 22,RG_Below_Peralta,RGBLPERT,0.00,0.00,162.50,M,0 5,RG_Below_RR_WWTP,RGRRWWTP,35.20,-106.64,99.13,M,1 30,RG_Below_San_F,RGBLSANF,34.31,-106.85,211.14,M,0 1,RG_Bernalillo_550,RGBER550,35.32,-106.56,80.29,M,1 39,RG_Buckman,RGBUCKMN,35.84,-106.16,0.00,M,0 47,RG_LL_Bridge,RGLLBRDG,34.81,-106.72,148.97,M,0 34,RG_NB_GATE_BD,RGNBGTBD,33.87,-106.85,267.55,M,0 31,RG_San_Acacia,RGACACIA,34.26,-106.89,220.86,M,0 36,RG_SB_GATE_BD,RGSBGTBD,33.72,-106.91,287.23,M,0 29,Rio_Puerco,RIOPUERC,34.41,-106.85,201.73,T,0 4,Rio_Rancho_WWTP,RIORWWTP,35.26,-106.60,89.02,T,0 38,Rock_House,ROCKHOUS,33.38,-107.16,338.72,M,0 27,SanFrancisco_Drain,SFRANDRN,34.37,-106.84,203.33,T,0 50,Unit_7_Drain,UNITSVDR,34.26,-106.89,220.74,T,0
Intellectual Rights:
Data Policies
This dataset is released to the public and may be freely downloaded. Please keep the designated contact person informed of any plans to use the dataset. Consultation or collaboration with the original investigators is strongly encouraged. Publications and data products that make use of the dataset must include proper acknowledgement of the Sevilleta LTER. A copy of any publications using these data must be supplied to the Sevilleta LTER Information Manager.
Distribution:
Online:
URL: http://sev.lternet.edu/data/sev-190
Coverage:
Geographic Goverage:
Geographic Description: The Rio Grande River, Bernalillo 550 Bridge, is located north of Albuquerque where NM 550 to Cuba cross the river.
Bounding Coordinates:
West Bounding Coordinates: -106.558
East Bounding Coordinates: -106.558
North Bounding Coordinates: 35.3215
South Bounding Coordinates: 35.3215
Bounding Altitude:
Altitude Minimum: 1534
Altitude Maximum: 1534
Altitude Units: meter
Geographic Goverage:
Geographic Description: This site is located on the Rio Grande River Below Rio Rancho Waste Water Treatment Plant
Bounding Coordinates:
West Bounding Coordinates: -106.641
East Bounding Coordinates: -106.641
North Bounding Coordinates: 35.1969
South Bounding Coordinates: 35.1969
Bounding Altitude:
Altitude Minimum: 1532
Altitude Maximum: 1532
Altitude Units: meter
Geographic Goverage:
Geographic Description: This site is located on the Rio Grande River where Rio Bravo Blvd cross the river in the southern part of Albuquerque
Bounding Coordinates:
West Bounding Coordinates: -106.674
East Bounding Coordinates: -106.674
North Bounding Coordinates: 35.027
South Bounding Coordinates: 35.027
Bounding Altitude:
Altitude Minimum: 1509
Altitude Maximum: 1509
Altitude Units: meter
Geographic Goverage:
Geographic Description: This site is located on the Rio Grande River above Isleta and I-25
Bounding Coordinates:
West Bounding Coordinates: -106.682
East Bounding Coordinates: -106.682
North Bounding Coordinates: 34.9502
South Bounding Coordinates: 34.9502
Bounding Altitude:
Altitude Minimum: 1493
Altitude Maximum: 1493
Altitude Units: meter
Temporal Coverage:
Date Range:
Begin Date:
Calendar Date: 2006-06-01
End Date:
Calendar Date: 2008-12-31
Purpose:
The objectives of this study were to: 1) conduct a detailed assessment of the temporal and spatial trends in water quality of the MRG, 2) determine sources of eutrophication and salinization along the MRG, 3) estimate instream nutrient processing and retention, 4) calculate the effects of urbanization on dissolved oxygen and stream metabolism values in the MRG, and 5) provide baseline data for future water-quality monitoring and assessment in the MRG. 
Contact:
Position Title: Information Manager
Organization: LTER Network Office
Physical Address:
Delivery Address: UNM Biology Department, MSC03-2020
Delivery Address: 1 University of New Mexico
City: Albuquerque
Locality: NM
Postal Code: 87131-0001
Phone: USA
Phone: 505 277-2535
Phone: 505 277-2541
Email: tech-support@lternet.edu
URL: http://www.lternet.edu
Contact:
Individual: Information Manager Sevilleta LTER
Physical Address:
Delivery Address: 1 University of New Mexico
City: Albuquerque
Postal Code: 87131
Phone: US
Phone: (505) 277-2109
Phone: (505) 277.5355
Email: data-use@sevilleta.unm.edu
Publisher:
Individual: Information Manager Sevilleta LTER
Physical Address:
Delivery Address: 1 University of New Mexico
City: Albuquerque
Postal Code: 87131
Phone: US
Phone: (505) 277-2109
Phone: (505) 277.5355
Email: data-use@sevilleta.unm.edu
Publication Place: Sevilleta LTER
Method Step:
Description:
Experimental Design:   Four sites were chosen within the Albuquerque reach for continuous measurement of five water-quality field parameters; temperature, conductivity, pH, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen. Sites were chosen to provide instrument stability and a gradient of urban influence with the most northern site located above urban wastewater inputs and the southern site below the Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and Albuquerque wastewater treatment plants.  Sampling Design:  Readings were collected every fifteen minutes.  Field methods:  Sondes were recalibrated in the field every two to four weeks following manufacturers specifications.
Instrumentation: * Instrument Name: Multi-Parameter Water Quality Sonde * Manufacturer: Yellow Spring Instruments * Model Number: YSI 6920 
Quality Control:
Description:
This data has been visually inspected to: 1) identify outliers and periods when the units were buried by sediment or were not functioning properly, and 2) examine the data for consistency of individual observations with temporal and spatial trends seen at upstream and downstream units.
Data Table:
Entity Name: sev190_rgsonde_20121022.txt
Entity Description: Data for SEV190
Object Name: sev190_rgsonde_20121022.txt
Size: 10462491
Data Format:
Text Format:
Number of Header Lines: 1
Number of Footer Lines: 0
Record Delimiter: \r\n
Attribute Orientation: column
Simple Delimited:
Field Delimiter: ,
Distribution:
Online:
URL: https://pasta.lternet.edu/package/data/eml/knb-lter-sev/190/170532/bf1bd93cc9b1802b83e7fa731052eeb3
Coverage:
Temporal Coverage:
Date Range:
Begin Date:
Calendar Date: 2007-12-21
End Date:
Calendar Date: 2007-12-31
Attribute List:
Attribute Name: site_number
Attribute Label: site_number
Attribute Definition: Sampling site number
Storage Type: string
Measurement Scale:
Nominal:
Non Numeric Domain:
Text Domain:
Definition: Sampling site number
Attribute Name: site
Attribute Label: site
Attribute Definition: Abbreviated sampling site name.
Storage Type: string
Measurement Scale:
Nominal:
Non Numeric Domain:
Text Domain:
Definition: Abbreviated sampling site name.
Attribute Name: date
Attribute Label: date
Attribute Definition: Date reading was taken
Storage Type: date
Measurement Scale:
Datetime:
Format String: MM/DD/YYYY
Attribute Name: time
Attribute Label: time
Attribute Definition: Time reading was taken
Storage Type: date
Measurement Scale:
Datetime:
Format String: HH:MM:SS
Attribute Name: Temperature
Attribute Label: Temperature
Attribute Definition: Temperature of the water
Measurement Scale:
Ratio:
Unit:
Standard Unit: celsius
Precision: 0.01
Numeric Domain:
Number Type: real
Bounds:
Minimum: 0
Maximum: 100
Missing Value Code:
Code: na
Code Explanation: missing
Attribute Name: Specific_Conductivity
Attribute Label: Specific_Conductivity
Attribute Definition: Water specific conductance
Measurement Scale:
Ratio:
Unit:
Custom Unit: millisiemensPerCentimeter
Precision: 0.001
Numeric Domain:
Number Type: real
Bounds:
Minimum: 0
Maximum: 100
Missing Value Code:
Code: na
Code Explanation: missing
Attribute Name: Dissolved_Oxygen
Attribute Label: Dissolved_Oxygen
Attribute Definition: Dissolved oxygen concentration of the water
Measurement Scale:
Ratio:
Unit:
Standard Unit: milligramsPerLiter
Precision: 0.01
Numeric Domain:
Number Type: real
Bounds:
Minimum: 0
Maximum: 15
Missing Value Code:
Code: na
Code Explanation: missing
Attribute Name: pH
Attribute Label: pH
Attribute Definition: pH of the water
Measurement Scale:
Ratio:
Unit:
Custom Unit: pH
Precision: 0.01
Numeric Domain:
Number Type: real
Bounds:
Minimum: 0
Maximum: 14
Missing Value Code:
Code: na
Code Explanation: missing
Attribute Name: Turbidity
Attribute Label: Turbidity
Attribute Definition: Turbidity of the water
Measurement Scale:
Ratio:
Unit:
Custom Unit: nephelometric turbidity unit
Precision: 0.01
Numeric Domain:
Number Type: real
Missing Value Code:
Code: na
Code Explanation: missing
used to describe conductivity (S/m) difference in CTD measurements pH