Iowa DNR

Water Quality Assessments

Impaired Waters List

East Fork Des Moines River IA 04-EDM-1882

from County Road B63 (aka 130th) (S23 T94N R29W Kossuth Co) to outfall of the Algona wastewater treatment plant (WWTP)

Assessment Cycle
Release Status
Result Period
1996 - 1998
Assessment Type
Integrated Report
Category 0
Legacy ADBCode
IA 04-EDM-0010_3
Overall Use Support
Aquatic Life Use Support
Fish Consumption
Assessment Comments

Assessment is based on results of DNR ambient monthly monitoring near St. Joseph.

Basis for Assessment

SUMMARY:  The Class B(WW) aquatic life uses were assessed as "fully supported."  Continue to assess support of fish consumption uses as "fully supported."  EXPLANATION:  Results of monitoring during the biennial period show no violations of Class B(WW) (aquatic life) water quality criteria in the 24 samples analyzed for dissolved oxygen, pH, and ammonia, and in the one sample analyzed for toxic metals; thus, the aquatic life uses were assessed as "fully supported."  Fish consumption uses remain assessed as "fully supported" based on EPA/DNR fish tissue (RAFT) monitoring near Algona in 1995 that showed levels of contaminants were less than ½ of respective FDA action levels and DNR levels of concern in composite samples of fillets from common carp and northern pike.

Monitoring and Methods
Assessment Key Dates
230 Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Monitoring Levels
Biological 0
Habitat 0
Physical Chemistry 3
Toxic 0
Pathogen Indicators 0
Other Health Indicators 0
Other Aquatic Life Indicators 0
# of Bio Sites 0
BioIntegrity N/A
Causes and Sources of Impairment
Causes Use Support Cause Magnitude Sources Source Magnitude