Here’s something pretty cool: The U.S. Geological Survey is now making real-time water quality data available online for more than 1,300 of the nation’s watersheds. The data, which ranges from streamflow to water temperature, ph levels and turbidity, is posted on their new “WaterQualityWatch” website. From the press release:
“Real-time water information is breaking new ground in science and technology and is proving to be very useful, helping local water managers make important daily decisions, such as regarding drinking water, water treatment, recreation, and public safety on beaches throughout the U.S.” said Matthew Larsen, USGS Acting Associate Director for Water.
The public also uses the on-line data to decide whether conditions, such as water temperature or turbidity, are favorable for recreational activities such as fishing, boating or swimming.
Although the USGS does not yet provide data on the water quality of the Central Groundwater Basin, we look forward to the expansion of their program to include coverage of our region. If you’re interested in learning more about your local water quality, visit our website.