Monday, November 23, 2009

Another Water Quality Monitoring Season in the Books

Another successful year of water quality monitoring , our fifth, concluded on November 15. The day was spiced up a little by finding a recently stolen vehicle on the way to the Little River. Our findings are consistent with what we have been seeing: A dip in dissolved oxygen at Dudley Road and Harwood Street during the warmest weather, low pH at Mill Brook Bigelow Road, and consistently low dissolved oxygen and high conductivity at Nancy Drive. In general, conductivity was lower this year (that's good) due to high water levels during mid-summer.

The state has just released its five year assessment of water quality in the French and Quinebaug watersheds. Significant findings from our program, and associated recommendations are included. To all who have volunteered for our program, (I count 35) thank you.

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