In order to supplement existing water quality data, and in direct response to requests from local stakeholders, a water quality monitoring plan has been developed as part of the Pocahontas County WRMP. Additional water quality data will allow for a more thorough assessment of the water quality baseline in the county. WRTF personnel and volunteers will collect water quality field measurements at routine intervals from established surface water sites (see Section 3.2) for the following field parameters: alkalinity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, iron, nitrate-nitrogen, pH, turbidity, temperature, and stream flow. These measurements will establish trends over time and function as indicators of when confirmatory sampling and laboratory analysis may be warranted.
Additionally, this plan will be used to collect water samples in watersheds considered impaired for fecal coliform with the following objectives:
- confirm fecal contamination issues reported in the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study performed on the Greenbrier River watershed (Tetra Tech, 2008),
- pinpoint potential sources of fecal coliform pollution in order to inform the development of programs to mitigate the pollution, and
- utilize the results to inform citizens about the issue and what can be done to minimize the pollution.
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