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Clark Fork near Galen

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Tongue River Surface-Water-Quality Monitoring Network

Project Chief: Jill Frankforter
Period of Project: January 2004 - Present
Cooperators: Bureau of Land Management bulletFidelity Exploration and Production Co bulletMT Dept of Natural Resources & Conservation bulletNorthern Cheyenne Tribe bulletWY State Engineer bulletMT Dept of Environmental Quality bulletWY Dept of Environmental Quality

Coal-bed methane development is in the initial stages of exploration and production in the Tongue River watershed. Long-term monitoring is needed to provide information to evaluate any changes or trends in surface-water quality and support informed decisions about resource use and management.

The goals of this monitoring program are to collect water-quality data and disseminate these data to all interested parties.

Tongue River Monitoring Site Map
CURRENT CONDITIONS AT SAMPLING SITES
Data are provisional and subject to revision.

Data Status Codes: -- = Parameter not determined, Dis = Data-collection discontinued, Dry = Zero flow, Eqp = Equipment malfunction, Ice = Ice affected, Ssn = Parameter monitored seasonally

Station
number
Station name Stream-
flow
(cfs)
Specific
conduc-
tance
(uS/cm)
Estimated
sodium
adsorp-
tion
ratio*
Date/time
MAINSTEM SAMPLING SITES
06299980 Tongue River at Monarch, WY 179     400     Dis       10/23 13:00
06306300 Tongue River at State Line, MT 354     586     Dis       10/23 12:45
06307500 Tongue River at Tongue R Dam, MT 291     514     Dis       10/23 12:30
06307616 Tongue R at Birney Day School Bridge, MT 339     564     Dis       10/23 12:30
06307830 Tongue R bl Brandenberg Bridge, MT Dis     Dis     Dis       ---- ----
06307990 Tongue R ab T&Y Div Dam nr Miles City, MT --     --     --       ---- ----
06308500 Tongue River at Miles City, MT 270     722     ***       10/23 13:00
TRIBUTARY SAMPLING SITES
06305700 Goose Creek near Acme, WY Dis     Dis     Dis       ---- ----
06306250 Prairie Dog Creek near Acme, WY 35     1100     0.98       10/23 13:00
06307600 Hanging Woman Creek near Birney, MT 1.3     2220     Dis       10/23 13:00
06307740 Otter Creek at Ashland, MT 6.7     2960     Dis       10/23 13:00
06308400 Pumpkin Creek near Miles City, MT 2.2     Dis     Dis       10/23 12:45
 
Measuring the Tongue.

Measuring the Tongue River.

Publications
Tongue River ReportFact Sheet
Monitoring Surface-Water Quality in the Tongue River Watershed
by David A. Nimick
Estimating SAR cover imageEstimating SAR
Measured and Estimated Sodium-Adsorption Ratios for Tongue River and its Tributaries, Montana and Wyoming, 2004-06
by By M.R. Cannon, David A. Nimick, Thomas E. Cleasby, Stacy M. Kinsey, and John H. Lambing
06299980 Tongue River at Monarch, WY06305700 Goose Creek near Acme, WY06306250 Prairie Dog Creek near Acme, WY06308500 Tongue River at Miles City, MT06307616 Tongue River at Birney Day School Bridge, MT06307830 Tongue River bl Brandenberg Bridge, MT06307600 Hanging Woman Creek near Birney, MT06307500 Tongue River at Tongue River Dam, MT06306300 Tongue River at State Line, near Decker, MT06307740 Otter Creek at Ashland, MT06308400 Pumpkin Creek near Miles City, MT06307990 Tongue R ab T & Y Div Dam nr Miles City, MT