The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) initiated the establishment of the Remote Water Quality Monitoring Network (RWQMN) in January 2010. This monitoring network continuously measures and reports water quality conditions of smaller rivers and streams located in northern tier Pennsylvania and southern tier New York. The data helps agency officials track existing water quality conditions and any changes in them on an ongoing, real-time basis.
The stations are operating in areas where drilling for natural gas is most active, as well as other locations where no drilling activities are planned so SRBC can collect control-data. A contribution from East Resources provided the initial funding for the project. In 2010, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided funding for the expansion of the network into the New York portion of the basin. SRBC is covering the ongoing maintenance costs.
The monitoring network provides constant data collection with instruments sensitive enough to detect subtle changes in water quality on a frequency that will allow background conditions and any changes to them to be documented throughout the year. The following five water quality parameters are being measured at each station:
Susquehanna River Basin Commission
4423 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
phone (717) 238-0423 fax (717) 238-2436
Data platform (above); data sonde and protective casing (below)
***During the winter season, data transmission schedules to the web site may be reduced for select stations to conserve power, since the stations are powered by solar panels which can be affected by snow/ice conditions and shorter daylight hours. In addition, water quality observations may be affected at times by ice buildup and/or blockages.