On­line wa­ter qual­ity map launched

Kent County News - - NEWS -

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 mpluta@shorerivers.org.

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