New Waves May 2008

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

Real-time water quality information available across the nation

Real time water-quality data are now easily accessible online through the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) WaterQualityWatch Web site, according to a USGS news release.

Real-time water quality measurements are available at more than 1,300 sites across the United States in streams with watersheds as small as a few square miles to more than a million square miles in the Mississippi River. Measurements include streamflow, water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity.

“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.

Access additional USGS real-time water information sites by visiting the Web sites: WaterWatch for surface water information and Ground-Water Watch for groundwater information.

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