Online water quality map launched
EASTON — ShoreRivers has launched RiverWatch, an online, interactive digital map of synchronized water quality information. The program can be accessed via the ShoreRivers website at shorerivers.org/ riverwatch. RiverWatch displays the information collected by Riverkeepers, scientists and citizen volunteers, along with trend lines and water quality scores. The page will be updated regularly. Instead of having to wait nine months for a complete monitoring cycle to be analyzed, citizens now can be apprised of the health of each river or sub-watershed after each sampling trip throughout the season. RiverWatch was developed by Chesapeake Commons, a nonprofit organization that partners with Chesapeake Bay restoration stakeholders to provide digital services and tools that use data to solve challenging problems in watershed restoration. “RiverWatch is a valuable tool that provides a meaningful visualization of our water quality data,” said Choptank Riverkeeper Matt Pluta. “It solves some of our biggest challenges by generating a map of our monitoring sites, associating readings to determine trends, revealing historic ranges and allowing us to integrate a dynamic monitoring map and results into our website and social media.” ShoreRivers uses data collected throughout the year to track trends in water quality, identify and mitigate pollution sources, support broad policy advocacy initiatives and strategically prioritize restoration efforts. For more information, contact Pluta at 443-385-0511 or email@example.com.