See the latest Water Quality Data from the FoRR Monitoring Team!
Once per month, the FoRR Monitoring Team tests water quality at three sites along the Reedy River.
Site #1: Reedy River along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, downstream of Swamp Rabbit Cafe
Site #2: A small tributary of the Reedy River in Falls Park
Site #3: Reedy River behind the ReWa headquarters (near our new office!)
Thanks to a generous donor and volunteer, we are now able to monitor two additional locations along the Reedy each month: Greenville Tech Brashier and Cedar Falls Park. We look forward to sharing this data with you in months to come! Conductivity decreased slightly across the board from last month’s data. Dissolved oxygen values showed a slight increase, probably due to drier conditions prior to September's sampling event as opposed to August’s higher precipitation levels which, in turn, increased the water's turbidity. The slightly higher bacteria count at our Falls Park site this month is likely due to warm summer temperatures and increased goose activity near the site, but is not considered problematic. All results this month were within state standards and typical for this time of year.
Data from September 2021:
- pH is a way of measuring the H+ ions in a water sample, or if the sample is acidic or basic. pH is influenced by the concentration of acids in rain, and the types of soils and bedrock present in the watershed. Ideally, rivers will have a neutral pH, or a value of 7.
- The available dissolved oxygen (DO) in a water sample is important for fish health and life within a body of water. DO can increase in lower temperatures, turbulence in the water, photosynthesis in the stream, and diffusion from the atmosphere. DO can decrease in higher temperatures, in slow-moving and deep water, and in the presence of decaying organic matter.
- Conductivity is the ability of the water to pass an electric charge and shows the presence of ions in the water, such as salt, nitrate, phosphate, and many others. The bedrock in the watershed can also affect conductivity
- Bacteria counts are found by incubating a water sample that was placed on a medium, then counting the number of coliform forming units. These values are higher in areas where animals are present so always remember to pick up after your pets and don't feed the geese in the park!
The FoRR Monitoring Team uses SC Adopt-a-Stream techniques and has its own monitoring kit, thanks to Ivy Salon!
Sign up to join the FoRR Monitoring Team HERE!
See the upcoming SC Adopt-a-Stream workshops HERE!