Assessment is based on results of IDNR ambient monthly water quality monitoring near James in 1998 & 1999.
Basis for Assessment
SUMMARY: Assessed support of the Class B(WW) aquatic life uses as "fully supported." Fish consumption remain "not assessed." EXPLANATION: The assessment of support of the Class B(WW) uses was based on results of water quality monitoring during the 1998-1999 biennial period at the DNR monthly monitoring station on the Floyd River near James (station 950110). Results of this monitoring show no violations of Class B(WW) criteria for pH, dissolved oxygen, or ammonia nitrogen in the 23 samples analyzed during the biennial period; no violations of Class B(WW) chronic criteria for toxic metals occurred in the two samples analyzed during the biennial period. Thus, the Class B(WW) aquatic life uses were assessed as "fully supported." Although not designated for Class C (drinking water) uses, this river reach tends to have high levels of nitrate, with levels in 14 of the 23 samples collected during the biennial period exceeding the 10 mg/l MCL (mean=12.1 mg/l; max.=17.0 mg/l; SE=0.7). Levels of total phosphorus were also relatively high, with a mean level of 0.48 mg/l (SE=0.03; N=23) for the 1998-1999 biennial period. The results of the DNR stream use assessments conducted in September 1990-upon which previous assessments were partially based - are now considered too old (greater than five years) to be useful for assessing current water quality conditions. Fish consumption uses were not assessed due to lack of fish tissue monitoring for this river reach.