water monitoring

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Hi. Dewey here again. You wouldn't know it to look at me, but I've been around for a very LONG time! Like all water, I have been recycled over and over in what is called the "Hydrologic Cycle". That is why it is so important to make sure that my friends and I are kept as clean as possible. Read on to find out how you can discover how clean the water is near you!
Water Monitoring can test for many different things depending on the information one is looking for. When the Environmental Protection Agency,or EPA, is testing water they are looking at the same basic things you will be testing for.
You can test and report coliform bacteria, dissolved oxygen, Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), nitrates, pH, phosphate, temperature, and turbidity using this website.


Water Monitoring has been going on for a long time.

This testing collects data that is used to determine if the water in a river, lake, or stream is good or bad. Good water helps everything in a water source to live.



The food chain is working. Plants are growing, fish are eating the plants, and eventually predators eat the fish. When water quality is bad, the food chain is messed up. Plants may grow but there may be too many, or not the right kind for the fish and insects to use as food.
So, what happens if there is a problem? To find out what happens to the food chain when the pH level of a water source increases, follow the link and play "Acid Lake".











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