Fact Sheet 2011–3035
1 U.S. Geological Survey
2 City of Austin
The area contributing recharge to Barton Springs is undergoing rapid growth, accompanied by increased generation of wastewater. This study found that nitrate, a major component of wastewater and a nutrient that can degrade water quality, has increased in Barton Springs and the creeks that provide its recharge.
First posted May 16, 2011
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Mahler, B.J., Musgrove, MaryLynn, and Herrington, Chris, 2011, Nitrate concentrations and potential sources in the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards aquifer and its contributing zone, Central Texas: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3035, 4 p.
Nutrients and Nitrate
Isotopic Ratios of Nitrate as a Tracer of Sources
What Does the Future Hold?