Water Chemistry Monitoring

These sessions are designed to inform citizens of the program’s goals and how to monitor and evaluate physical and chemical features of water. Six water quality parameters, measured with a customized test kit, form the core of the citizen data.image002-kit

Citizens who monitor lakes or deeper waterbodies often use a Secchi disk to determine the degree of visibility in natural waters. The 20 cm diameter disk is weighted and has a line that is marked every tenth meter. To collect samples from deeper waterbodies, monitors can use a remote sampler. This sampler can also be used to conduct depth profiles in a lake, up to 10 ft. deep. Citizens who monitor brackish and/or marine waters on the coast also measure salinity with a hydrometer.

Monitoring Supplies

To order:

Typical Monitoring Kit catalog No. 9844-01
Monitoring Kit with Secchi Disk catalog No. 9845-02
Full set of Reagents for Typical Kit, catalog No. R-9844-01
Hydrometer – for Coastal Groups (1.000/1.070), catalog No. 3-0011

LaMotte Company
P.O. Box 329
Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: 800-344-3100 or 410-778-3100
Fax: 410-778-6394
LaMotte Website

To order:
Salinity Refractometer – for Coastal Groups (1.000/1.070), catalog No. SR5-AQ $51.20*

Phone: 844-347-4788
Pentair Website

To order:
Fieldmaster Student Secchi Disc $30.00*

Forestry Suppliers
Phone: 800-647-5368
Forestry Suppliers Website

To order:

Remote Sampler – for deep water sampling, bridge crossings, docks, etc.

Arts Pursuit
228 Woodfield Drive
Auburn, AL 36830

*Contact listed company to get updated price for any equipment.