Chemical monitoring is a way to look at specific water parameters in greater detail in order to determine the health of a stream. Chemical monitoring is like taking a snap shot in time of the stream's chemistry; this is because the water chemistry of a stream can change from hour to hour.
There are many different methods for collecting chemical data; each varying in expense and the quality of data produced. Common methods chosen by volunteer monitoring programs include the use of test kits, meters, and outside labs. The method you select should depend on your purpose for monitoring, intended data use, and your intended data users. For example, if your group is worried about dissolved oxygen levels in a water body, then your group needs to determine the best approach for collecting that type of data.
The NJDEP Volunteer Monitoring Program assists all levels of data collection. A four-tiered approach to water quality monitoring has been created. For more information on the four tiers click here.
To view a list of parameters accepted by E2 click here.
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