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Prepared in cooperation with the North Dakota State Water Commission,
Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resources Board, and Red River Joint Water Resources Board

Graphical User Interface for Accessing Water-Quality Data for the Devils Lake Basin, North Dakota

Open-File Report 2005-1419—ONLINE ONLY

 

By  Karen R. Ryberg, William C. Damschen, and Aldo V. Vecchia


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Abstract

Maintaining the quality of surface waters in the Devils Lake Basin in North Dakota is important for protecting the agricultural resources, fisheries, waterfowl and wildlife habitat, and recreational value of the basin. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with local, State, and Federal agencies, has collected and analyzed water-quality samples from streams and lakes in the basin since 1957, and the North Dakota Department of Health has collected and analyzed water-quality samples from lakes in the basin since 2001. Because water-quality data for the basin are important for numerous reasons, a graphical user interface was developed to access, view, and download the historical data for the basin. The interface is a web-based application that is available to the public and includes data through water year 2003. The interface will be updated periodically to include data for subsequent years.

 


Table of Contents

Abstract

Introduction

Graphical User Interface

Water-Quality Sampling Sites and Parameters

Water-Quality Data

Application of Graphical User Interface

References

 

Figures

  1. Map showing location of the Devils Lake Basin in North Dakota.

  2. Map showing locations of water-quality sampling sites used in graphical user interface.

  3. Example of interface for the generation of time-series plots (located at http://nd.water.usgs.gov/cgi-bin/devils_lake/ts.pl).

  4. Graph showing time-series plot resulting from user selection of “05056260 Lake Irvine near Churchs Ferry, ND” in the Select Site(s) box, “Nitrite plus nitrate, dissolved” in the Nutrients box, and “1965” in the Beginning Year box.

  5. Graph showing time-series plot resulting from user selection of “05056260 Lake Irvine near Churchs Ferry, ND” in the Select Site(s) box, “Specific conductance” in the Physical Properties box, and “1965” in the Beginning Year box.

  6. Graph showing time-series plot resulting from user selection of “05056260 Lake Irvine near Churchs Ferry, ND” in the Select Site(s) box, “Sampling depth” in the Physical Properties box, and “1965” in the Beginning Year box.

  7. Example of interface for the generation of box plots (located at http://nd.water.usgs.gov/cgi-bin/devils_lake/bp.pl).

  8. Graph showing box plot resulting from user selection of “Other Lakes in the Devils Lake Basin” in the Select Group of Sites box, “Boron, dissolved” in the Dissolved Trace Elements box, and “Period of Record” in the Time Period box.

  9. Map showing Devils Lake Basin.

Tables

  1. Water-quality sampling sites used in graphical user interface.

  2. Water-quality parameters used in graphical user interface.

 

 

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