Temperature, pH, Transparency, oh my!

We used a Secchi Disk to determine the transparency of the water.

We used a Secchi Disk to determine the transparency of the water.

Last week at the Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center, I attended a training with Ibrahim Goodwin from the Environmental Protection Agency. Ibrahim walked us through the steps of determining the water quality of the Anacostia River. We took turns collecting measurements for temperature, pH and transparency.

After collecting water samples, we returned to review the various test kits and determine what data we wanted to examine. We decided to use the hardness, dissolved oxygen, and nitrogen content in our sample of the Anacostia to inform us about the state of the Anacostia.

Our Corps members will be collecting daily temperature and pH readings and weekly water quality data with our Backpack Labs. We will also be starting a new Water Quality Educational Program for area schools along the Anacostia River. I just can’t wait to get started!

Mandy Nativi
mandy.nativi@earthconservationcorps.org
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