Continuous River Monitoring

Continuous River Monitoring

Since 2005, Phinizy Center for Water Sciences has monitored 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, monitoring is conducted in the Savannah and Ogeechee rivers.

Through this monitoring program, we have

  • produced the most geographically and temporally comprehensive water quality dataset available for the Savannah River,
  • provided data to Georgia EPD and US EPA who used it to refine river water quality models,
  • developed insights into how the Savannah River functions, including the effects of dams and the importance of the Augusta shoals; and
  • presented findings at scientific meetings.

Reports and Publications

2008 – Savannah River at Risk Final Report

2011 – Savannah River Monitoring Report

2012 – Savannah River Monitoring Report

2013 – Savannah River Monitoring Report