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Total suspended solids


Total suspended solids (TSS) includes both sediment and organic material suspended in water, unlike suspended sediment concentration measurements that only include inorganic material. TSS can cause problems for fish by clogging gills and for aquatic plants by limiting growth because of reduced light penetration. In addition, TSS provides a medium for the accumulation and transport of other constituents such as phosphorus and bacteria.

Water-quality standards and criteria are developed by the States, approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and then promulgated (passed into law) as standards by each State. Graphs on this website allow comparison of measured and computed data to these standards and criteria by plotting them as straight lines. When evaluating data to decide whether water quality is suitable for the intended use, viewers are cautioned to consider the uncertainty associated with these computed data.

Water-quality Standards and Criteria

Benchmark maximum for Cheney Reservoir: 100 mg/L

A benchmark maximum value of 100 milligrams per liter has been defined for total suspended solids at Cheney Reservoir.

Kansas maximum (narrative only)

Current water-quality criteria in Kansas for TSS are narrative criteria that state that artificial sources of suspended solids cannot be added that would interfere with aquatic life.

Source: Kansas Department of Health and the Environment (view online)

Stations That Measure or Compute Continuous Total suspended solids

Click a station to view measurements of total suspended solids.

Station Name Station Identifier
Kansas River at Topeka, KS 06889000
Kill Creek at 95 Street near DeSoto, KS 06892360
Cedar Creek near DeSoto, KS 06892495
Mill Creek at Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 06892513
Blue River at Kenneth Road, Overland Park, KS 06893100
Blue R at Blue Ridge Ext in KC, MO 06893150
Indian Creek at State Line Road, Leawood, KS 06893390
Rattlesnake Creek near Zenith, KS 07142575
Little Arkansas River at Highway 50 near Halstead, KS 07143672
Little Arkansas River near Sedgwick, KS 07144100
North Fork Ninnescah River above Cheney Reservoir, KS 07144780

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