News From The River

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: on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, upstream of the cafe

Site #2: small tributary that feeds into Falls Park 

Site #3: behind the ReWa headquarters

Recently, with less rain and colder temperatures, we are starting to see a shift in our water quality data. Lower amounts of rain mean less bacteria in the water since there is less stormwater to bring pollutants to our waterways. With lower temps, dissolved oxygen in the water increases. 

Data from October 23, 2020:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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!

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