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Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine has begun deploying data loggers into watersheds to gather baseline data for the Elk County Monitoring Project.
"At this time, five data loggers are deployed, with the sixth going in stream [today]," Bonfardine said during Monday night's Elk County Conservation District meeting.
"The plan is to place at least three data loggers in each watershed and monitor for a period of two weeks to gather baseline data and then move the data loggers to another watershed, continuing around the county and then we will start over again and repeat the data in different seasons."
Bonfardine noted that larger watersheds may require more data loggers.
"The schedule may be changed and other adjustments may be made to design this program specific to Elk County," Bonfardine said. "It may change if we find out it's not working well, if two weeks is too soon or too long."
The Conservation District owns 12 data loggers to place freely throughout the county.
Bonfardine will be meeting with Bruce Dickson in the near future to discuss the details of setting up the YSI satellite meters in the streams.
Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.
Elk County Conservation District
Monday, Sept. 26, 2011
Conference Room No. 2