Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
New “Monitoring the Murderkill” video available
on YouTube Delaware DNREC Channel
DOVER (July 8, 2013) – Visitors to DNREC’s website are invited to check out “Monitoring the Murderkill,” the latest addition to the water quality monitoring series on YouTube’s Delaware DNREC channel, produced by the Division of Watershed Stewardship. The series takes an ongoing look at how DNREC analyzes Delaware waters for human safety and aquatic life and habitat, and what must be done to ensure these resources remain healthy for future generations.
Monitoring the Murderkill follows an earlier monitoring video, Water Quality Monitoring on the Nanticoke, with an overview for monitoring water quality and learning about the health of Delaware’s rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters. The video addresses why DNREC monitors water quality along the Murderkill, and details how the information is collected from remote locations without need for human assistance.
One of the ways water quality is monitored calls for using automated equipment at a fixed station where samples are taken, day and night. This allows data to be collected in “real time,” even during storm events when manual sampling could be dangerous. The data is then sent to the DNREC Water Quality Monitoring Network Data Portal where you can search for monitoring stations near you, see the latest water quality conditions, generate graphs of data, and download data reports.
Take a look at the new Monitoring the Murderkill video and see how water is sampled along the Murderkill River before it reaches the Delaware Bay at Bowers Beach. For decades, the Murderkill has had persistently high nitrate and phosphate levels and low levels of dissolved oxygen. Monitoring water quality helps researchers learn about the sources of nutrient pollution. DNREC, the University of Delaware, and Kent County all use the research to help guide recommendations on how to improve the health of the river and the overall quality of life for Delawareans.
To watch the water quality monitoring series, please click:
· Monitoring the Murderkill or
· Water Quality Monitoring on the Nanticoke
Please visit the Delaware DNREC YouTube Channel for more of the department’s videos.
Vol. 42, No. 269