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Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5274

Publications Warehouse SIR 2007-5274

Bottom-Sediment Accumulation and Quality in Shawnee Mission Lake, Johnson County, Kansas, 2006

By Casey J. Lee, Kyle E. Juracek, and Christopher C. Fuller

SIR 2007-5274 Contents | Citation | More information


Shawnee Mission Lake is an artificial impoundment central to Shawnee Mission Park, the largest public park in Johnson County, Kansas. The Shawnee Mission Lake watershed has remained relatively undeveloped since the completion of the dam in 1962. However, recent (1990–2006) urban development has been a cause for concern regarding the quantity and quality of sediment entering the reservoir. The U.S. Geological Survey collected two cores of bottom sediment to assess sediment accumulation and quality in Shawnee Mission Lake. Results from this study indicate that sediment accumulation has remained relatively constant from 1970–2006 at the downstream portion of the reservoir. Runoff from urban portions of the watershed are likely responsible for larger concentrations of selected trace elements in more recently deposited reservoir sediment. Information provided in this report can be used by Johnson County officials to help determine the current and future recreational capacity of the lake.

First Posted February 2008

Version 1.1 posted September 2009

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Purpose and Scope



Sample Collection and Laboratory Methods

Quality Control

Age and Accumulation Rates of Lake-Bottom Sediment

Nutrient and Trace Element Concentrations


References Cited

Report Citation

Lee, C.J., Juracek, K.E., and Fuller, C.C, 2007, Bottom-sediment accumulation and quality in Shawnee Mission Lake, Johnson County, Kansas, 2006: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007–5274, 10 p.

More Information

For more information about water quality studies in the Mill Creek watershed, contact:

Casey Lee
U.S. Geological Survey
Kansas Water Science Center
4821 Quail Crest Place
Lawrence, KS 66049-3839
Telephone: (785) 832-3515
Fax: (785) 832-3500

For more information about USGS water resources studies in Kansas, visit the USGS Kansas Water Science Center home page:

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