In-Situ partners with Fort Collins and CSU to monitor Poudre river water quality
November 21, 2019 - Fort Collins, Colorado -- In-Situ Inc. has partnered with the City of Fort Collins and Colorado State University to install nine water monitoring stations along the Poudre River. In-Situ equipment at each site will continuously collect and transmit water quality data, which the city and CSU will use to assess the river’s health and conduct research.
This unique partnership brings together the city’s stormwater and water quality divisions within the Utilities department, CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources, and In-Situ, an environmental monitoring equipment manufacturer headquartered in Fort Collins.
At each monitoring station, an In-Situ Aqua TROLL 500 or Aqua TROLL 600 Multiparameter Sonde will collect data on temperature, turbidity, depth, pH/ORP, dissolved oxygen and conductivity and relay the data via telemetry to HydroVu, In-Situ’s data services platform. While both the city and CSU have direct access to this live-steaming data, CSU will process and manage the raw data and share it with the city. In-Situ will provide ongoing technical support to both the city and the university.
“We’re committed to helping agencies and municipalities get access to high-quality data, so they can be proactive in understanding and protecting water quality in their communities,” says In-Situ Application Development Manager Eric Robinson. “This is a model that can be replicated in other areas that are too small to warrant a sustained, USGS monitoring program, but have water resources critical to their environmental and economic health.”
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