Stream Survey and Water Quality Monitoring Network Project

Chehalem Valley Watershed Project’s Stream Survey and Water Quality Project will specifically address air and water pollution control, in addition to inconsistent stream surveys and vague water quality reports. The goal of this project is to create a network of remote water quality monitoring stations and high definition stream surveys for land managers and scientists to utilize in sustainable water pollution control. This project will require approximately $75,000 in labor, materials, supplies, tools, and services over the 2018-2019 school year. An additional $20,000 in materials are encouraged for upgrades to the remote water quality monitoring system in the 2019-2020 school year

High Definition Stream Survey Device

We have partnered with the Newberg High School Robotics Program to construct a high-definition stream survey device that will record stream conditions using cameras, sonar, GPS, and water quality nodes mounted on a hydrofoil. This will enable our students to survey streams four times faster than traditional methods at approximately one-tenth of the cost. There is only only one other device of this kind in the United States.

Remote Water Quality Monitoring Network

Working with state and local watershed managers, we will design and implement an RF water quality monitoring network that autonomously tracks water temperature, pH, conductivity, turbidity, oxidation-reduction potential, and dissolved oxygen. This data will be placed in a public cloud services so community members and students can check in on the quality of the streams in their backyard and allow watershed managers to address pollution issues as they occur.

Project Budget: $75,000.00

Anticipated Completion: April 1, 2019

Needed Materials:

  • Libelium Plug & Sense! Smart Water Nodes
  • Fishfinder/Sonar
  • Kayak and Hydro Katty
  • GoPro HERO6 Black Cameras
  • ArcGIS Software

Needed Services:

  • Cloud Programming Service

Needed Tools:

  • Unknown

Needed Supplies:

  • Concrete
  • Hardware

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