Nitrate in the Groundwater on the Old Mission Peninsula: Where is it coming from?
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Northwest Michigan Regional Planning and Devlopment Commission
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SubjectCommissions Water Quality; Michigan State University; University Nebraska; February 1983; Northwest Michigan Regional Planning and Development Commission; Nitrate; Groundwater; Old Mission Peninsula; Traverse Bay Watershed Center; Citizens Clean Water Policy
In 1980 the Northwest Michigan Regional Planning and Development Commission surveyed a large number of wells on the Old Mission Peninsula and found that approximately 11% of the 1,212 wells sampled exceeded the Federal drinking water standard for nitrate concentration. Nitrate concentrations of greater than 10 ppm N in drinking water are of public health concern since they may result in methemoglobinema (blue baby disease), particularly for infants under six months of age.