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Sensor Data Explanation
Conductivity= A measure of electrical conductance in water. An approximate prediction of the total dissolved ions (Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium and Chloride are the major ones).
Turbidity= A qualitative measure of suspended matter and clarity of water.
Temperature= Will determine the amount of Oxygen available to all aquatic life (fish, macroinvertebrates etc.). Growth rate, productivity, and length of life cycles are temperature dependent.
Additional Quality Parameters APWC Tests For:
pH= A measure of acidity or alkalinity important because all aquatic life has a certain range that will support their life cycle.
TDS= Total dissolved solidsis a quantitative measure of all suspended particulates in a water body
Benthic Macroinvertebrates= Aquatic and semi-aquatic organisms whose presence (or absence) indicates a streams’ water quality. They are the major food source for fish.
There are nearly 83,000 miles of rivers and streams in Pennsylvania with approximately 900 miles here in Monroe County.