Water Quality in the Susquehanna River

Automated sondes were stationed along the Susquehanna River and its tributaries under the direction of Dr. Dale Bruns.  The sonde, powered by solar energy, collected water quality parameters, which were transmitted electronically across a wireless network to a computer that displayed the information on a map.In the future, this technology will be used to study the effects of gas production on surface water quality in the Marcellus Shale region.

Susquehanna River at Wilkes-Barre during normal flow and during the flood of June, 2006


Results from YSI monitoring on the river 
•  pH was between 7-8 with little variability. 
•  Chloride reflected winter use of road salt.
•  Dissolved oxygen inversely tracked temperature
•  Total dissolved solids and chloride were diluted by runoff. 
•  Fecal coliforms and nitrates were correlated and both were positively correlated with flow indicating CSO effects.
Dale Bruns and students placing a sonde.