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

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

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

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Neal, C, Davies, H and Neal, M, 2008. Water quality, nutrients and the water framework directive in an agricultural region: The lower Humber Rivers, northern England. J. Hydrol., 350, 232-245.
G.J.L. Leeks, C. Neal, H.P. Jarvie, H. Casey, D.V. Leach, 1997. The LOIS river monitoring network: strategy and implementation. Science of The Total Environment Volumes 194-195, 24 February 1997, 101-109

Provenance & quality

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).

Correspondence/contact details

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology


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

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Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84


Topic categories
ChREAM (Catchment Hydrology, Resources, Economics and Management),  Economics and Management,  LOIS (Land Ocean Interaction Study),  RELU (Rural Economy and Land Use),  Resources,  The Wolds Water quality
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