Water Quality Research

John Shelton and associates from USGS will be placing four water monitoring stations in the Saluda River to record water-quality conditions. The parameters include temperature, pH, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and oxidation- reduction potential. The data collected and recorded every 15 minutes are transmitted via satellite to the National Water Information System (NWIS) database. From that database, the data are made publically available on the USGS NWIS Web. The monitors are used to ensure proper management of South Carolina rivers and reservoirs. The real time data will be available on a dedicated computer for the public to view in the Environmental Education Center.