Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Future of Water Quality Monitoring in the Two Rivers

Weekly water quality sampling at locations throughout the Navesink River has been suspended since March due to COVID-19. Mid-June marked the conclusion of the third year of the citizen science ambient water quality monitoring program in the Navesink River. The program as it has operated over the past three years will not continue for a fourth year, as the NJDEP Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring is prioritizing their core programs, especially those that impact human health. COA would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the many volunteer citizen scientists who dedicated hundreds of hours, in rain or shine, to collect water quality samples. These included volunteers from numerous Rally for the Navesink Alliance partners, including Monmouth Boat Club, Navesink Maritime Heritage Association, Navesink River Rowing, River Rats Sailing, and Jersey Shore Sierra Club.

Fortunately, COA has been selected to receive an EPA Equipment Loan for the third year in a row. With the equipment provided through this program, starting in July, COA will be able to monitor pathogen levels at targeted locations throughout the Two Rivers watershed to continue source trackdown efforts. COA’s new Water Quality Intern, Jacob Sorrentino, will assist with sampling this summer, as well as other new exciting projects in the Two Rivers!

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