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Habitat Analysis Benthic Macroinvertebrates Fish Communities
Bioaccumulation Water Quality/Chlorine Source Identification

General Overview

Sorry, your browser doesn't support Java(tm). The BMAP monitored the Blue River watershed in and around the DOE Kansas City Plant (KCP) to address concerns related to bioaccumulation of PCBs and impacts from chlorine (TRC) releases. The bioaccumulation work occurred from 1991-1993, 1998, and 2002-2003. The ecological study focused on the impact of chlorine from single-pass, non-contact cooling water that was discharged in the vicinity of the facility and was conducted during 1999.   Historic contamination associated with the site includes trichloroethylene and PCBs.

The BMAP has been asked to (1) assess the bioaccumulation of PCB and pesticides in the Blue River watershed downstream of the KCP, and (2) provide baseline information on current habitat conditions, biological communities, and TRC patterns in Indian Creek and the Blue River, near the KCP, to see if biological impacts due to the TRC releases could be discerned. The most recent studies have focused on the PCB issues near the KCP.

The KCP is located in the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri and is bordered by Indian Creek to the south and the Blue River to the east. The majority of the watershed is in Kansas and land use is primarily residential/commercial development and livestock grazing. There has been substantial channelization of the system near the KCP and urbanization is a widespread impact. Indian Creek has a watershed of about 90 km2, while the overall Blue River watershed has about 435 km2. Select the specific tasks buttons to see the results of the study.

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