Continuous River Monitoring
Since 2006, Phinizy Center for Water Sciences has been monitoring the water quality in southeastern river basins using autonomous sondes equipped with probes that measure and record temperature, specific conductance, pH, and dissolved oxygen levels at 15-minute intervals. Currently, our real-time monitoring data covers miles on both the Savannah and Ogeechee Rivers.
Through this monitoring program, we have
- produced the most geographically and temporally comprehensive water quality dataset in the history of the Savannah River,
- supplied this data to the Georgia EPD and US EPA who used it to refine river water quality models,
- provided insights into how the river functions, including the effects of dams and the importance of the Augusta shoals, and
- presented findings at scientific meetings.