Stream Monitoring

Reedy Creek:  What’s in our stream?

In partnership with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Reedy Creek Coalition volunteers are monitoring Reedy Creek  to collect water quality data. We collect chemical and bacteria data monthly at four sites. We also collect biological data (benthic macroinvertabrates) at one site twice a year.  We’ve also been installing equipment to collect physical data such as the height of the stream during storm events, at a few sites.

Reedy Creek Watershed Monitoring Map

On the third Saturday of every month, our fearless volunteer teams set out to collect field data and water samples that are analyzed by at Microbac Laboratories.

Checking Water Clarity, pH, and Dissolved Oxygen
Volunteers calibrate the meter before collecting water data.
Volunteers calibrate the meter before collecting water data.

 

Check out our data reports to learn what the volunteers have discovered with their monitoring data:

2010 Data Interpretation Guide

2011 Data Interpretation Guide

2010-2012 Report Card

Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers and to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for providing training and technical expertise. Are you interested in joining the volunteers?  Send us an email at reedycreekcoalition@gmail.com.  You can tag along with a group to see what monitoring is all about!

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