Using special meters to gauge the level of the river's health, volunteers tested for conditions such as turbidity, pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen and specific conductance--all of which are described in the article "...Water Quality Parameters..." under the heading 'Pages' in the right-hand column. At several sites bacteria (E. coli) and nutrient samples (nitrogen, phosphorus, chlorides) were also collected, which were delivered to a state laboratory for analysis immediately following the morning's end. All results will be made available as soon as the sampling season is complete, some time in late October.
The WRWC will conduct this sampling regime next spring and summer as well, thereby increasing the amount of relevant information available to local, state and federal governments for making smarter land-use decisions and planning better protection of our river and streams. In turn, these steps can improve community vitality (not to mention improve wildlife habitat!).
|Attention to detail is a must! Nate, Brenda and Petras conduct a pH measurement at the first sampling site, while WRWC Project Director Jean Eno follows up on meter protocols.|
Pictures by volunteers Danna Truslow and Brenda Tharp. Missing from photos: volunteers Rick Mauer and son, Grant, from Greenland.
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