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Thompson River IA 05-GRA-1351

from the Iowa/Missouri state line to confluence with Long Cr. in SW 1/4, S8, T69N, R26W, Decatur Co.

Assessment Cycle
2010
Release Status
Final
Result Period
2006 - 2008
Designations
Class A1 Class B(WW-1) Class HH
Assessment Type
Monitored
Integrated Report
Category 5a
Legacy ADBCode
IA 05-GRA-0040_0
Overall Use Support
Not supporting
Aquatic Life Use Support
Fully
Fish Consumption
Fully
Primary Contact Recreation
Not supporting
Documentation
Assessment Comments

Assessment is based on: (1) IDNR/UHL monthly ambient monitoring conducted during the 2006-2008 assessment period at Davis City (STORET station 10270001 (formerly station 784089)), (2) IDNR/UHL biocriteria monitoring in 2001, and (3) results of U.S. EPA/IDNR fish tissue (RAFT) monitoring in 2003.

Basis for Assessment

SUMMARY:  The Class A1 (primary contact recreation) uses are assessed (monitored) as “not supported" due to levels of indicator bacteria (E.   coli) that violate state water quality criteria.   The Class B(WW1) aquatic life uses are assessed (monitored) as "fully supported" based on results of IDNR/UHL chemical/physical and biological monitoring.   Fish consumption uses remain assessed (monitored) as "fully supported" based on results of fish contaminant monitoring in 2003.   This assessment is based on results of (1) IDNR/UHL monthly ambient monitoring conducted during the 2006-2008 assessment period at Davis City (STORET station 10270001 (formerly station 784089)), (2) IDNR/UHL biocriteria monitoring in 2001, and (3) results of U.S.  EPA/IDNR fish tissue (RAFT) monitoring in 2003.  

EXPLANATION:  The Class A1 uses were assessed as "not supported" based on results of ambient monitoring for indicator bacteria (E.   coli).   The geometric mean level of indicator bacteria (E.   coli) in the 21 samples collected at the IDNR/UHL station at Davis City during the recreational seasons of 2006 through 2008 (304 orgs/100ml) exceeds the Iowa Class A1 water quality criterion of 126 orgs/100ml.   In addition, 7 of the 21 samples (33 %) exceed Iowa’s single-sample maximum value of 235 orgs/100 ml.   According to U.S.  EPA guidelines for Section 305(b) reporting, and according to IDNR’s assessment/listing methodology, if the geometric mean of E.   coli is greater than the state criterion of 126 orgs/100 ml., the primary contact recreation uses should be assessed as "not supported" (see pgs 3-33 to 3-35of U.S.  EPA 1997b).  

Regarding support of the Class B(WW1) aquatic life uses, results of ambient water quality monitoring at the IDNR/UHL station at Davis City showed no violations of Class B(WW1) water quality criteria during the 2006-2008 assessment period for dissolved oxygen (minimum value = 5.2 mg/l), pH (range = 7.5 to 8.5 units), or ammonia-nitrogen (maximum value = 0.7 mg/l) in the 34 samples analyzed.   Neither of the two samples analyzed contains levels of toxic metals above the respective Class B(WW1) criteria.   These results suggest "full support" of the Class B(WW1) aquatic life uses.  

Similarly, results of IDNR/UHL biocriteria monitoring suggest that the Class B(WW1) uses are "fully supported."  Data were collected in 2001 as part of the IDNR/UHL stream biocriteria project.   A series of biological metrics which reflect stream water quality and habitat integrity were calculated from the biocriteria sampling data.   The biological metrics are based on the numbers and types of benthic macroinvertebrate taxa and fish species that were collected in the stream sampling reach.   The biological metrics were combined to make a fish community index of biotic integrity (FIBI) and a benthic macroinvertebrate index (BMIBI).   The indexes rank the biological integrity of a stream sampling reach on a rising scale from 0 (minimum) to 100 (maximum).   The 2001 FIBI score was 32 (fair) and the BMIBI score was 43 (fair).   The aquatic life use support was assessed (evaluated) as Fully Supported (=FS), based on a comparison of the FIBI and BMIBI scores with biological impairment criteria (BIC) established from a statistical analysis of data collected at stream ecoregion reference sites from 1994-2004.   The FIBI BIC for this ecoregion is 33 and the BMIBI BIC for this ecoregion is 41.   This assessment is considered evaluated because the drainage area (602 mi2) above this sampling site was greater than the maximum limit (500 mi2) that was used to calibrate the Iowa wadeable stream impairment criteria.   Even though this site passed both the FIBI and BMIBI BICs, it is uncertain as to whether or not this segment is meeting the aquatic life criteria because it doesn’t fall in the calibrated watershed size.   Also, this assessment is considered of lower confidence (evaluated) as opposed to higher confidence (monitored) because the data from the 2001 biological sampling are now older than five years; thus, these data are considered less able to accurately characterize current water quality conditions than would be more recent data.  

Fish consumption uses remain assessed (monitored) as “fully supported” based on results of U.S.EPA/IDNR fish contaminant (RAFT) monitoring northwest of Davis City in 2003.   The composite samples of fillets from channel catfish and flathead catfish had low levels of contaminants.   Levels of primary contaminants in the composite sample of channel catfish fillets were as follows: mercury: 0.048 ppm; total PCBs: 0.09 ppm; and technical chlordane: <0.03 ppm.   Levels of primary contaminants in the composite sample of flathead catfish fillets were as follows: mercury: 0.074 ppm; total PCBs: 0.09 ppm; and technical chlordane: <0.03 ppm.   The existence of, or potential for, a fish consumption advisory is the basis for Section 305(b) assessments of the degree to which Iowa’s lakes and rivers support their fish consumption uses.   The fish contaminant data generated from the 2003 RAFT sampling northwest of Davis City show that the levels of contaminants do not exceed any of the Iowa advisory trigger levels, thus indicating no justification for issuance of a consumption advisory for this waterbody.

Monitoring and Methods
Assessment Key Dates
12/11/2008 Fixed Monitoring End Date
1/3/2006 Fixed Monitoring Start Date
8/23/2003 Fish Tissue Monitoring
10/17/2001 Biological Monitoring
Methods
220 Non-fixed station physical/chemical monitoring (conventional pollutant only)
315 Regional reference site approach
330 Fish surveys
380 Quan. measurements of instream parms-- channel morphology-- floodplain-- 1-2 seasons-- by prof
230 Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
420 Water column surveys (e.g. fecal coliform)
320 Benthic macroinvertebrate surveys
260 Fish tissue analysis
Monitoring Levels
Biological 4
Habitat 4
Physical Chemistry 3
Toxic 3
Pathogen Indicators 3
Other Health Indicators 0
Other Aquatic Life Indicators 0
# of Bio Sites 1
BioIntegrity Fair
Causes and Sources of Impairment
Causes Use Support Cause Magnitude Sources Source Magnitude
Pathogens Primary Contact Recreation Slight
  • Source Unknown
  • Moderate