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Water Quality Monitored by Pike County Conservation District

Water Quality Monitored by Pike County Conservation District

The Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) conducted its annual stream sampling in May 2014, continuing years of water quality monitoring in Pike County streams. Sampling began in Dingmans Creek and Hornbecks Creek in Delaware Township, Pike County.

The District’s new Watershed Specialist Vincent Cordova, who has responsibility for coordination of the Conservation District water quality program, laid out a full schedule for this year’s stream monitoring which included just over twenty (20) stream locations throughout Pike County. This year’s water quality monitoring included streams such as the Lackawaxen River, East Branch Wallenpaupack Creek, Sawkill Creek, Toms Creek, Shohola Creek, and more. District staff and Board members participate in this watershed work.

Water Quality Program

The Conservation District spring program includes evaluating stream habitats, recording data such as temperature, pH, alkalinity, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen, and collecting macroinvertebrate samples from each stream location. Aquatic Macroinvertebrates are small in-stream organisms (primarily insects) which can provide a good indication of stream health, as they are fundamental sensors of stress in a stream ecosystem.

Macroinvertebrate samples are later analyzed to determine species and in-stream diversity. This information provides an excellent overview of stream water health and similar data assembled from past years allows comparison and evaluation of any trends which may be occurring.

The Conservation District’s surface water quality monitoring program was begun in 1991 providing some twenty (20) years of data on stream health. Pike County Conservation District prepares an annual report on the Environmental Quality of Pike County Streams Using Bioassessment Techniques; the reports can be accessed at https://pikeconservation.org/watershed.htm