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Water Clarity

Underwater plants depend on sunlight to grow, which can be blocked by poor water clarity.

> 1.0 m Good
0.6-1.0 m Adequate
< 0.6 m Poor
N/A No data within past year

Bottom Dissolved Oxygen (D.O.)

Many forms of aquatic life require adequate levels of oxgyen to survive.

> 6 mg/L Good
3-6 mg/L Adequate
< 3 mg/L Poor
N/A No data within past year

Conductivity

Description of conductivity

< 3 mg/L Poor
3-6 mg/L Adequate
> 6 mg/L Good
N/A No data within past year

Bacteria

High levels of bacteria in water indicates contamination from fecal matter, which can bring harmful viruses.

< 104 cfu/100mL Good
> 104 cfu/100mL Poor
N/A No data within past year

Restoration

The Federation believes in a holistic approach to cleaning up the South River. We utilize all available tools, ranging from scientific water quality monitoring, to rain garden installation, to large-scale stream restoration, to one-on-one landowner education

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About

How Healthy is the South River?

South River Federation measures many different parameters to learn about the water quality of the South River. We hope this map helps answer three basic questions about the health of the South River: Is it safe to swim? Can fish breathe? How dirty is it?  For the purposes of this map, we have assigned a parameter for each question.
  • Bacteria levels help determine whether it is safe to swim.
  • Dissolved Oxygen levels show how well fish can breathe.
  • Water Clarity helps measures the amount sediment (dirt), which is our worst pollutant in terms of causing harm to aquatic life.
Restoration Projects: Since sediment and excessive nutrients are our two worst pollutants, the Federation has been actively constructing projects that work to trap and filter those pollutants before they reach the South River. Please check out our projects that range from tiny rain gardens to multi-million dollar stream restorations.

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Check out our website for more information. Having trouble with this new map? Email: nancy@southriverfederation.net.

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        Watershed

        Size

        Number of Best Management Practices (BMP)

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        Observations

        Bacteria readings measured in CFU’s (Colony Forming Units per 100 ml)

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