During the underwater grass growing season (April – October) we sample 45 stations on the South, West, and Rhode Rivers weekly for important indicators of river health, such as dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, conductivity, salinity, and water clarity. It is critical to monitor for water quality in order to accurately assess the condition of our rivers.
During the summer, we also monitor bacteria levels at various community waterfront and restoration areas. We aim to provide timely public health information to participating communities and help identify times when it may be inadvisable to swim. Knowledge is key in our fight for healthier, clean waters. The season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The full season cost is $500. See results.
In order to holistically evaluate the impacts of our restoration projects, we perform yearly biological surveys for fish and macroinvertebrates (water bugs). Periodically, we will also survey for amphibians and birds.
Restoration Research Monitoring
The Federation has installed dozens of restoration projects in the South, West, and Rhode Rivers. We try to evaluate the effectiveness of some of these projects through biological and water quality research grants. Thanks to the Chesapeake Bay Trust, we recently partnered with Smithsonian Environmental Research Center by installing continuous monitoring equipment at key locations. Learn more.