What’s in our water?
Algal blooms, rising water prices, dredging, floods, and droughts are all good reasons to start thinking more about our water and what is coming from our streams and rivers. Since 2008, the Firelands Coastal Tributaries Watershed Program has been sampling in Old Woman Creek, Pipe Creek, Mills Creek (started in 2011), and Sawmill Creek (started in 2009) for pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, conductivity, and nutrients. Volunteers monitor water chemistry once a month from April to November and benthic macroinvertebrates annually in the summer. Data is combined with the Old Woman Creek NERR System Wide Monitoring Program and the Erie County Health Departments Beach Monitoring Program to develop annual report cards of watershed health.