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NEWRnet - North East Water Resources Network

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NEWRnet study sites
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Project Contact(s): 
A. Scott Andres

The North East Water Resources (NEWRnet) consortium of EPSCoR jurisdictions of Delaware (DE), Rhode Island (RI), and Vermont (VT) will create an advanced sensor network in watersheds for gathering high-frequency, spatially-extensive water quality and quantity data and a network of lab and field-based experiments and agent-based models to investigate how to align sensor data and their visualization with utilization by stakeholders. DGS is participating in the watershed sensing network by installing and operating a nitrogen and organic carbon sensor and stream discharge monitoring station in the Murderkill River watershed, and collaborating with the project team to interpret results.

Other UD investigators include William Ullman and Yoanna Voynova (CEOE), Dan Leathers and Del Levia (Dept. of Geography), Shree Inamdar and Kent Messer (CANR), and Shawn Polson (DBI). This project began in August 2013 and is scheduled to run for three years.

Infrastructure that will support the NEWRNet water quality monitoring station was installed at the main outflow of Coursey Pond on the fish ladder on April 23, 2014. Components of the installation include:

A vertical standpipe with intake and fittings that will protect the YSI-EXO, S::can Spectrolyser and cables
Weathertight enclosure
Solar panel
Electric conduit
Steel superstructure to support the enclosure and solar panel

DGS research technician Steve McCreary fabricated the superstructure and led the 4-hour effort to install the device on the pier. Thanks to the DEOS team for purchasing and delivering the enclosure, battery, and solar panel. The water quality instruments will likely be deployed in trial mode in May. These instruments will measure temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, specific conductance, fluorescent and colored dissolved organic matter, turbidity, and nitrate. The next milestone is to install telemetry equipment that will forward data from the site to DEOS computers where it can be accessed by the project team.