The Susquehanna River is the largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay, providing 50% of fresh water and draining close to 28,000 mi2 of land. Improving the health of the Susquehanna River watershed is key to Pennsylvania and New York achieving their Bay pollution reduction goals. Stream monitoring is a vital tool in assessing the health of the Susquehanna watershed and determining whether the Bay pollution blueprint is working.
ALLARM has developed a standardized protocol for chemical and biological stream monitoring (Stream Team), which will generate data of known quality on key Susquehanna health indicators. Participants monitor water temperature, conductivity, nitrate-nitrogen, and pH, and conduct biological (macroinvertebrate) and visual assessments of their streams. ALLARM will collaborate with the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association (MSRA), the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association (LSRA), and diverse local partners to pilot Stream Team in four priority Pennsylvania counties in the Middle and Lower Susquehanna watershed (Columbia, Lancaster, Lycoming, and York).
You can view the entire Stream Team Manual here.
If you are interested in going through the entire study design process to develop a personalized monitoring program for a specific water quality question, please view our Study Design Manual and contact us to learn more.