Water Quality Monitoring

Data loggers are calibrated and swapped out at each station approximately every two to four weeks following standard protocols.

Water quality parameters have been collected since 1995 with the establishment of the first water quality monitoring station at Potter Cove. Other three water quality stations (Nag Creek, T-Wharf Surface and T-Wharf Bottom, see map) were brought online in 2002. These stations represent a gradient in habitat types that range from salt marsh (Nag Creek station) to shallow cove (Potter Cove) to open Bay water (T-Wharf Surface and T-Wharf Bottom).

Water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen (% saturation, and mg L-1), pH, turbidity, and chlorophyll fluorescence data are collected at each station every 15 minutes using YSI 6600 V2 and EXO2 data loggers.