Baseflow chemistry of streams draining rural and agricultural land in the Wolds region of eastern England

Data from a water quality survey of streams draining rural and agricultural land to the North Sea from the Wolds region of the West Riding of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire in eastern England. These streams were monitored at baseflow during mid-August 2006.Measurements include pH, Gran Alkalinity, SRP, TDP, TP and dissolved NH4, Si, Fluoride, Cl, NO2, NO3, SO4, Na, K, Ca, Mg, B, Li, Sr, Be, Ba, Mn, Co, Fe, Zn, V, Cd, Cu, Cr, Ni, Mo, Al and Pb. The study was undertaken as a component of a research programme examining the role of agriculture and other sources of nutrient contamination to rivers with an emphasis on agriculture and the Water Framework Directive and is largely based on the Humber Basin draining to the North Sea.

Publication date: 2013-10-01


Study area
Temporal extent
2006-08-11    to    2006-08-14


All baseflow survey samples were collected from 11th to 13th August 2006 under baseflow conditions. Water was filtered under vacuum in the field through 0.45μm cellulose nitrate circles prior to analysis for major, nutrient and trace element analysis. Unfiltered samples were collected for total P (TP). The analysis was performed the day after return to the laboratory for the least stable components (pH, alkalinity and the nutrients) and within two weeks for the other determinants. Details of the storage and analytical methodologies are provided in Neal et al. (2000). Levels of saturation of the waters with respect to CO2 (EpCO2) and calcite (in logarithmic form: SICaCO3) were determined using data on pH, alkalinity, Ca concentration and temperature (Neal et al., 1998b).


Neal C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Neal, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Davies, H.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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WGS 84


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Other keywords
Economics and Management
CEH Topic
Water quality
Environmental monitoring facilities
Place keywords
The Wolds
Project keywords
LOIS (Land Ocean Interaction Study)
ChREAM (Catchment Hydrology, Resources, Economics and Management)
RELU (Rural Economy and Land Use)

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