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Thursday, September 11, 2014

102 sites were sampled on 9/3/14!!! Check out your site's data and compare to July!

SITE System Time of Sampling pH  Sp Cond (us/cm) Turbidity (NTU)
ARD Androscoggin 10:30 7.04 31.05 2.78
ARU Androscoggin 9:50 6.96 28.57 1.1
BAT Borthwick Ave 8:45-8:50 7.87 1.347 11.2
BBD Beaver Brook 3:25 6.8 223.9 1.44
BBK Bogle Brook 11:55 6.65 32.65 1.47
BBO Bear Brook 9:10 6.3 56.15 0.766
BBU Beaver Brook 3:05 7.02 98.34 1.61
BBW Beaver Brook 12:15 6.94 176.8 1.78
BDC Burley Demerrit 7:00 7.7 262.3 2.13
BDD Blood Brook        
BDU Blood Brook        
BEC Beards Creek 12:00 7.98 342.8 4.93
BEF Albany Brook 7:30 6.86 19.16 0.266
BLD Back Lake Brook 7:15 7.58 73.07 3.54
BLU Back Lake Brook 7:00 7.18 67.7 4.57
BRD Bellamy River 1:55-2:00 7.46 202.5 10
BRU Bellamy River 8:45-8:50 7.18 187.8 14.1
BSW Beaver Brook 12:45 7.59 1158 0.352
CBT Clay Brook 8:38 7.04 87.46 0.901
CBU Clay Brook 9:03 7.19 43.59 1.66
CCK Cart Creek 10:50 7.07 526.2 10.5
CHB Chesley Brook 11:05 7.12 255.5 2.73
COB College Brook 11:25 7.97 860 3.23
CRD Creamery Brook 8:52 7.15 216.3 5.08
CRU Creamery Brook 9:00 6.93 203.1 0.465
CSP Cedar Swamp 9:40 5.87 267.6 5.44
CTC Connecticut 11:30 7.39 39.29 2.8
CTP Connecticut River 12:15 7.32 33.77 5.55
DBB Dube Brook 10:35 7.08 113.6 8.66
DCF Dowst-Cate 9:45 6.91 49.07 1.4
DGB Douglas Brook 11:55 6.92 23.89 1.04
ELL Ellis River 12:35 6.61 35.91 0.219
EMB Emerson Brook 10:05 6.89 22.21 0.107
EXT Exeter River        
HBF Paradise Brook 7:50 6.32 14.29 2.97
HCA Hosley Brook 9:30 6.49 16.96 0.446
HCB Hosley Brook 11:30 6.66 31.89 0.867
HCD Hosley Brook 11:25 6.86 32.72 1.33
HCE Hosley Brook 10:00 6.68 23.79 0.209
HCF Hosley Brook 11:15 6.89 30.57 6.78
HCG Hosley Brook 10:50 6.81 30.89 1.26
HCH Hosley Brook 10:40 6.8 31.48 0.764
HCI Hosley Brook 10:20 6.31 32.46 0.771
HCJ Hosley Brook 11:00 6.5 29.89 0.799
HCK Hosley Brook 10:30 6.79 32.46 1.08
HOB Hodgson Brook 9:10-9:15 7.72 760 1.98
HYB Halfway Brook 7:29 7.28 118.7 1.5
IDM Ispwich Dam 10:30 7.06 417.8 2.64
IRD Israel River 8:30 6.94 52.72 5.39
IRU Israel River 9:35 6.95 24.65 3.02
JOB Johnson Brook 10:45 7.09 25.73 0.53
LND Pemigewasset River 3:20 6.65 28.65 0.196
MCQ McQuesten Brook 10:45 7.68 634.5 2.39
MEB Middle Brook 8:13 7.22 81.73 4.87
MMR Merrymeeting River 9:15 6.33 74.39 0.796
MOD Moose River 8:35 6.6 57.87 2.09
MOU Moose River 9:15 7 87.79 7.01
MOX Merrimack River   6.95 93.18 1.02
MRC Mad River 7:01 6.86 39.19 1.07
MRL Mad River        
MUC Merrimack River 10:45 7.13 90.02 0.816
MUM Merrimack River   7.08 98.6 1.08
MWW Merrimack River 11:15 7 94.21 0.898
NED Contocook 11:10 - 11:30 7.51 95.21 0.818
NEU Contocook 11:45 7.19 86.68 0.918
NSB Salmon Brook 8:13 7.75 371.3 2.35
NWD Newfields Ditch 9:25-9:30 7.83 770.8 2.81
OBG Otter Brook 11:40 7.23 100 1.54
OGS Oyster River at USGS 10:52 7.11 175.7 9.95
OMP Oyster River at Mill Pond Dam 11:43 7.68 296.1 2.94
OSS Ossipee River   6.85 51.17 0.419
PBB Pine Bend Brook 10:45 6.89 20.43 0.252
PBD Piscataquog 9:07 7.07 77.06 1.66
PBI Main Piscataquog 8:07 7.01 120.8 1.22
PBU South Piscataquog 8:51 7.1 80.72 2.06
PDM Parker Dam 11:10 7.52 413.7 1.74
PEB Pettee Brook 12:16 7.7 751.6 1.74
PGS Paugus Brook 10:50 6.6 22.43 0.182
PIN Pine River   6.95 75.42 1.04
PRF Pemigewasset River 11:41 6.95 76.58 0.889
PRG Piscataquog 6:10 7.27 104.4 1.41
PRP Pemigewasset River 9:34 6.99 93.3 1.09
PRW Pemigewasset River 3:50 6.88 72.14 0.363
PWU North Piscataquog 7:50 7.02 62.01 0.821
RHB Rand Brook 10:09 6.88 52.17 5.22
RHL Red Hill River 7:44 7.22 63.26 0.605
SBK Sawmill Brook 9:10 7.16 1405 2.81
SBM Saddleback 9:30 6.26 31.08 0.127
SCD Dead Dimond River 8:00 7.08 42.36 1.16
SCS Swift Diamond River 8:30 7.26 32.97 1
SHB Schoolhouse Brook 10:55 7.29 34.42 1.01
SLB Slide Brook 9:21 6.91 27.29 0.412
SNB Shannon Brook 8:26 7.4 80.8 2.82
SQB Unnamed Belnap Woods 9:50 7.28 118.2 0.635
SQM Mill Brook 10:13 6.94 49.06 0.427
SQR Squamscott River        
SRM Swift River 1:30 6.41 27.99 0.478
SRU Swift Upper 9:20 6.37 48.87 0.419
SRN Sugar River North 2:11 7.25 120.8 1.73
SRS Sugar River South 2:36 7.14 98.18 3.55
SWP Storm Drain (Highland St) 9:21 7.81 1428 3.48
TPB Trout Pond Brook 8:30 6.57 19.34 0.736
USW Pemigewasset River 4:15 6.37 62.2 0.388
WAM Wild Ammonoosuc 2:55 7.15 59.01 0.435
WBG Whittle Brook 6:15 7.26 108.5 0.96
WHB Wednesday Hill Brook 7:30 7.93 369.1 4.67
WIN Winnepesauke River 11:20 7.27 107.4 4.84

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hi Everyone! Thank you so much for making the July snapshot possible! Here are some Preliminary Snapshot Data from 7/30/14. Additional nutrient data to come!

SITE System DATE Time of Sampling Weather pH  Sp Cond (us/cm) Turbidity (NTU)
ARD Androscoggin 7/30/2014 12:30 Cloudy, ~60, recent rain 6.99 31.29 1.25
ARU Androscoggin 7/30/2014 12:08 Cloudy, ~60, recent rain 6.81 29.93 1.22
BAT Borthwick Ave 7/30/2014 8:45 Clear, cool 8.16 1590 8.41
BBD Beaver Brook 7/30/2014 12:05 Clear, 70s 7.25 144.1 1.39
BBK Bogle Brook 7/30/2014   not sampled      
BBO Bear Brook 7/30/2014 7:40   5.78 76.65 0.729
BBU Beaver Brook 7/30/2014 11:15:00 Clear, 70s 6.75 69.15 0.988
BBW Beaver Brook 7/30/2014 10:00 Sunny, 70s 6.99 106.4 1.16
BDC Burley Demerrit 7/30/2014 7:00 60-70s, cloudy 8.09 271 1.55
BDD Blood Brook 7/30/2014   not sampled      
BDU Blood Brook 7/30/2014   not sampled      
BEC Beards Creek 7/30/2014 10:30 Cloudy, Mid-70s 8.09 381.2 6.06
BEF Albany Brook 7/30/2014 12:00   6.72 16.79 0.096
BLD Back Lake Brook 7/30/2014 7:40 Cool, no rain 7.43 67.75 1.58
BLU Back Lake Brook 7/30/2014 7:25 Cool, no rain 7.23 60.79 1.45
BRD Bellamy River 7/30/2014   not sampled      
BRU Bellamy River 7/30/2014   not sampled      
BSW Beaver Brook 7/30/2014 10:30 Sunny, 70s 7.24 1174 0.425
CBT Clay Brook 7/30/2014 10:51 Overcast, cool 6.57 39.27 2.33
CBU Clay Brook 7/30/2014 10:31 Overcast, cool 6.5 25.74 0.657
CCK Cart Creek 7/30/2014 10:15 Partly cloudy, 75 7.76 457.4 8.02
CHB Chesley Brook 7/30/2014 9:40 Cloudy, Mid 60s 7.88 251.9 2.02
COB College Brook 7/30/2014 9:55 Cloudy, Mid 60s 8.21 1338 2.62
CRD Creamery Brook 7/30/2014 12:00 Sunny 7.38 84.94 1.83
CRU Creamery Brook 7/30/2014 12:15 Sunny 6.97 86.46 0.655
CSP Cedar Swamp 7/30/2014 8:30 Partly cloudy, ~75 6.69 233.8 1.4
CTC Connecticut 7/30/2014 8:21 Foggy/ overcast, ~50 7.08 36.12 4.46
CTP Connecticut River 7/30/2014 6:45 Foggy, ~50 7.08 32.16 0.922
DBB Dube Brook 7/30/2014 9:05 Cloudy, Mid 60s 7.87 137.1 8.8
DCF Dowst-Cate 7/30/2014 9:45 Cloudy, Mid 60s 6.71 47.89 0.839
DGB Douglas Brook 7/30/2014 13:30 Partly cloudy, 60s, rain last 3 days 6.76 23.78 0.723
ELL Ellis River 7/30/2014 14:07 Partly cloudy, 60s 6.51 36.15 0.153
EMB Emerson Brook 7/30/2014     6.92 21.73 0.101
EXT Exeter River 7/30/2014 11:45 Partly cloudy 7.68 224.6 1.27
HBF Paradise Brook 7/30/2014 9:51 Cloudy 5.81 12.11 0.08
HCA Hosley Brook 7/30/2014 11:00 Cloudy, 70 6.43 17.57 1.25
HCB Hosley Brook 7/30/2014 11:50 Cloudy, 70 5.88 30.32 1.06
HCD Hosley Brook 7/30/2014 11:45 Cloudy, 70 6.82 32.75 1.01
HCE Hosley Brook 7/30/2014 11:20 Cloudy, 70 6.25 19.4 0.405
HCF Hosley Brook 7/30/2014 12:00 Cloudy, 70 6.78 31.05 0.892
HCG Hosley Brook 7/30/2014 1:00 Cloudy, 70 6.78 33.04 1.06
HCH Hosley Brook 7/30/2014 12:50 Cloudy, 70 6.71 33.7 1.28
HCI Hosley Brook 7/30/2014 12:30 Cloudy, 70 6 33.23 1.82
HCJ Hosley Brook 7/30/2014 1:15 Cloudy, 70 6.66 29.9 0.832
HOB Hodgson Brook 7/30/2014 9:30 Clear, cool 8.13 851.2 1.24
HYB Halfway Brook 7/30/2014 9:30 Mostly cloudy 7.24 81.57 0.874
IDM Ispwich Dam 7/30/2014 9:30 Partly cloudy, ~75 7.92 388.3 1.95
IRD Israel River 7/30/2014 9:05 to 9:07 Cloudy, 55-58 6.73 42.29 0.971
IRU Israel River 7/30/2014 10:46 to 10:51 Cloudy, 55-58 6.66 23.19 0.359
JOB Johnson Brook 7/30/2014     7.23 22.51 0.218
LND Pemigewasset River 7/30/2014 10:43 Cloudy 6.19 21.26 0.268
MCQ McQuesten Brook 7/30/2014 10:45 Cloudy, 60 to 70 7.87 694.5 1.6
MEB Middle Brook 7/30/2014 10:45 Cloudy 7.32 77.09 1.31
MMR Merrymeeting River 7/30/2014 9:05 to 9:17 Overcast, 68 7.16 75.29 1.21
MOD Moose River 7/30/2014 9:05 Cloudy 6.57 32.5 0.37
MOU Moose River 7/30/2014 8:40 Cloudy 6.85 51.29 0.455
MOX Merrimack River 7/30/2014     6.86 71.97 1.94
MRC Mad River 7/30/2014 9:20 Cloudy 6.48 32.41 0.379
MRL Mad River 7/30/2014          
MUC Merrimack River 7/30/2014 11:00   6.97 58.9 8.76
MUM Merrimack River 7/30/2014 7:25 Overcast, 63 7.02 77.29 6.49
MWW Merrimack River 7/30/2014     6.97 94.91 1.81
NED Contocook 7/30/2014     6.97 70.1 1.22
NEU Contocook 7/30/2014     6.98 66.88 1.23
NSB Salmon Brook 7/30/2014 9:30 Mostly cloudy 7.77 442.5 2.18
NWD Newfields Ditch 7/30/2014 9:04 Clear, cool 8.18 996.2 2.55
OBG Otter Brook 7/30/2014   not sampled      
OGS Oyster River at USGS 7/30/2014 9:25 Cloudy, Mid 60s 7.78 264.7 7.34
OMP Oyster River at Mill Pond Dam 7/30/2014 10:50 Cloudy, Mid 60s 7.82 285.2 5.85
OSS Ossipee River 7/30/2014 10:35 Mostly cloudy, ~71, 2.5" rain last 3 days 6.81 46.75 0.649
PBB Pine Bend Brook 7/30/2014 11:15 Partly cloudy, rain last 3 days, 60 6.72 16.85 0.146
PBD Piscataquog 7/30/2014 8:42 Cloudy 7.15 75.16 1.14
PBI Main Piscataquog 7/30/2014 8:00 Cloudy 6.96 87.67 5.26
PBU South Piscataquog 7/30/2014 7:51 Cloudy 7.06 71.17 1.39
PBI_Duplicate Main Piscataquog 7/30/2014     7.21 88.88 4.38
PBU_Duplicate South Piscataquog 7/30/2014     6.98 71.1 1.18
PDM Parker Dam 7/30/2014 10:40 Partly cloudy, ~75 7.94 377.1 4.24
PEB Pettee Brook 7/30/2014 10:10 Cloudy, mid 60s 8.18 1029 2.41
PGS Paugus Brook 7/30/2014 1:15 Sunny 6.51 19.21 0.134
PIN Pine River 7/30/2014 10:10 Mostly cloudy, ~71, 2.5" rain last 3 days 6.55 47.03 0.895
PRF Pemigewasset River 7/30/2014 8:15 Cloudy 6.47 39.99 9.81
PRG Piscataquog 7/30/2014 9:45 Partly cloudy 7.22 92.88 1.46
PRP Pemigewasset River 7/30/2014 11:09   6.69 39.64 3.29
PRW Pemigewasset River 7/30/2014 10:59 Cloudy 6.39 39.68 0.267
PWU North Piscataquog 7/30/2014 7:12 Cloudy 7.06 59.35 0.776
RBH Rand Brook 7/30/2014 10:48 Partly sunny, ~68 7.18 67.26 1.19
RHL Red Hill River 7/30/2014 10:00 Mostly cloudy 7.23 68.7 0.706
SBK Sawmill Brook 7/30/2014 7:40 Partly cloudy, ~ 75 7.15 1078 3.73
SBM Saddleback 7/30/2014 9:30 Cloudy, 60 to 70 5.1 29.91 0.909
SCD Dead Dimond River 7/30/2014 10:05 Mostly cloudy, ~50 6.73 25.71 1.53
SCS Swift Diamond River 7/30/2014 10:25 Mostly cloudy, ~50 6.89 24.31 2.06
SHB Schoolhouse Brook 7/30/2014 11:25 Partly Cloudy, ~68 7.05 32.95 0.276
SLB Slide Brook 7/30/2014     6.83 18.81 0.11
SNB Shannon Brook 7/30/2014 11:00 Cloudy 7.08 58.34 1.82
SQB Unnamed Belnap Woods 7/30/2014 9:50 Overcast, 70s, heavy rain last 2 days 7.28 97.9 0.95
SQM Mill Brook 7/30/2014 10:10 Overcast, 70s, heavy rain last 2 days 7.1 50.28 0.562
SQR Squamscott River 7/30/2014 12:04 to 12:10 Sunny/ overcast 7.85 5.5 8.54
SRM Swift River 7/30/2014 13:45 Partly cloudy, ~60, Rain last 3 days 6.2 21.89 0.312
SRU Swift Upper 7/30/2014 9:30 Partly cloudy, 60, last 3 days 6.04 33.88 0.276
SRN Sugar River North 7/30/2014 8:35 Cloudy, cool 7.18 76.59 3.32
SRS Sugar River South 7/30/2014 9:00 Cloudy, cool 7.08 83.98 2
SWP Storm Drain (Highland St) 7/30/2014 11:20 Cloudy 8.07 1884 0.395
TPB Trout Pond Brook 7/30/2014 8:30 Cloudy, 60 to 70 6.65 18.95 0.748
USW Pemigewasset River 7/30/2014 10:15   6.35 42.47 0.316
WAM Wild Ammonoosuc 7/30/2014 11:45 Sunny 6.68 30.85 0.332
WBG Whittle Brook 7/30/2014 9:31 Partly cloudy 7.34 109.4 0.311
WHB Wednesday Hill Brook 7/30/2014 7:30 Cloudy, 60 to 70 7.14 364 2.01
WIN Winnepesauke River 7/30/2014 7:43 Cloudy 7.1 100.5 9.81

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Gearing Up For 2014 Field Season

We aren't the only ones emerging this spring. Contoocook River, Henniker, NH.

2014 LoVoTECS news & dates to put on your calendar:

  • Spring Interval Change: taking place this month, May 9th-May 18th. Resources for the procedure can be found at: https://www.plymouth.edu/center-for-the-environment/files/2014/05/spring-inteval-change-instructions.pdf
  • Ashley Hyde will be defending her MS thesis Friday, May 23rd at 11:00, featuring LoVoTECS data. It will be held in Boyd Lecture Hall (001) at Plymouth State University. 
  • U24, conductivity meter battery issues (black sensor): we are approaching the battery life of the conductivity meter (black sensor), we've had ~2 dozen units already fail. Please note that if you try to offload your conductivity meter and after realigning and cleaning the optics you are still getting a red "fail" LED light remove the sensor from the shuttle and look into the communication end of the sensor. 

When the sensor is working properly there is a red light that blinks every few seconds, if you do not see this blinking light it is likely that the battery failed during winter deployment. If this happens, please pull the sensor from your site and send an email to report the problem. The battery life on the silver, water level logger appears to be better, as we haven't had any reports of battery failures on those units.




  • Winter sensor shifting or sensor loss: We expect a higher number of sensor shifting or loss from the heavy ice coverage this past winter and high flows this spring. If you noticed that your sensor has shifted or is gone completely, please contact us as soon as it's noticed via email or phone to report the problem. 
  • The grand total of donated time by LoVoTECS host: From February 2012-today, we've estimated that LoVoTECS hosts have donated over 2,400 hours and 8,300 miles amounting to more than $58,000. Truly an invaluable contribution and LoVoTECS would not be possible without the commitment and dedication of our hosts!
  • 2014 Summer Snapshot: We are in the process of organizing another 2014 Summer Snapshot event, the dates have not yet been picked but it is likely that we will be sampling June, July and August or July, August and September

Friday, March 21, 2014

2014 No.4 NH LoVoTECS Newsletter

Where were you on the mornings of May 14th, June 11th and July 16th, 2013? If you are a NH LoVoTECS sensor host more than likely you spent a portion of your morning at the site of your sensors collecting for the statewide “Snapshot” event. Water samples were collected between 7:00am and 4:00pm at active LoVoTECS sites for a total of 233 samples, representing about 79 sites per sampling event. Preliminary results are discussed in our March 2014 Newsletter, accessed via the link: March, 2014 NH LoVoTECS Newsletter Analytes of the Snapshot event and their significance to include them in the analysis are listed below.



Major
 Ions
Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Sulfate, Nitrate, which are the major contributors to electrical conductivity.
Dissolved Organic Carbon & Nitrogen
An important condition of water chemistry, significant to metal transport and generally to aquatic ecosystems.
Phosphorus
A major factor for aquatic ecosystem health. Often algal is limited by phosphorus availability.
Water Isotopes
Oxygen 18, Oxygen 16. This helps in identifying water sources.
Silica
Silicon dioxide is another factor for aquatic ecosystem health, also higher levels of silicon dioxide are typically found in groundwater due to the weathering of rocks and sand.
Ammonia
Ammonia is the preferred nitrogen-containing nutrient for plant growth.
Water Isotopes
Oxygen 18, Oxygen 16, which are helpful in identifying water sources.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Introduction and Welcome Video available

Hi Everyone,

After the teacher workshop in August, we decided to create a welcome video for new partners and for educators that do not have sensors. We hope that it provides sufficient background information on the network and explains our use and focus on electrical conductivity. Please watch and feel free to share!




Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Babbling Brook

I had the pleasure of attending a Public Lab event last weekend, and through that found out about a great water quality art installation in Massachusetts. It is a water quality sensor that tweets and tells bad jokes about its recent measurements.


The artist is Catherine D'Ignazio. She is part of a movement to include art in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) = STEAM.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Plymouth Area 1st Science Brew Café Draws Standing Room Only Crowd (Despite Red Sox Playoff Game!) Guest Blog by June Hammond Rowan

October 16th, 2013 by June
Mark Green, Ashley Hyde, and Errin Volitis explain their research at Plymouth's 1st Science Brew Cafe

Plymouth’s first Science Café was held on October 15 at Biederman’s Deli and Pub. Even though the Red Sox were playing an important post-season game, over fifty people, including community members and PSU students, came to learn about science in an informal setting.
The topic on tap for the first Science Brew Café was “Sensing New Hampshire’s Streams and Rivers.” Hydrologist and assistant professor Mark Green gave an overview of a research project using 200 sensors at 100 sites to study water quality and flow. The sensors collect information on conductivity, temperature and stage every 5 to 15 minutes year round creating a large volume of data. Conductivity serves as a measure of water quality and stage relates to the flow and amount of water in the rivers and streams.    Errin Volitis, a research technician working on the project, talked about her work coordinating the installation of the sensors and training volunteers to help with the project. The sensors are hosted by volunteers and organizations around New Hampshire and each has a specific research question which the data from the sensors will help to address. Ashley Hyde, a graduate student in Environmental Science and Policy, explained how the data are also being used by school teachers and students at all levels throughout the state to give them experience in understanding their local environment and data analysis.
Standing Room Only at Science Brew Cafe

Science Cafés take place all over the globe with the goal of bringing science and scientists into a community in a casual setting.  Please see http://www.sciencecafes.org for more information.  New Hampshire recently formed a Science Café Coalition http://sciencecafenh.org.  The State currently has ongoing Cafés in Portsmouth, Nashua, and Lebanon.
The Plymouth Science Brew Café was organized by assistant professor Shannon Rogers and Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment. Thank you Biederman’s for hosting the event and also to the presenters. Support for this event was also provided by NHEPSCoR and the National Science Foundation. http://www.epscor.unh.edu.
Additional Science Brew Cafés will be organized in the future. Please contact the Center for the Environment at psu-cfe@plymouth.edu or plymouth.edu/cfe for more information.