USRWA Receives Grant to Enhance Volunteer Water Monitoring Program

Dane County Environmental Council’s Capital Equipment Grant program awarded Upper Sugar River Watershed Association (USRWA) $731 to purchase new equipment to add to our successful volunteer water monitoring program.

The funding will be used to buy three new TidbiT data loggers, which are submerged underwater from April-October, to record water temperature each hour of each day during the monitoring season.  USRWA currently maintains 17 sites around the watershed that use TidbiT collectors, so maintaining a fresh stock is important.  TidbiT data loggers typically last about 3-5 years before the battery runs out.

In addition, this grant will help purchase four new conductivity meters, which are used to detect for acute areas of road salt runoff in the water.  Using conductivity meters has become a point of emphasis for the WDNR, and these meters will be used at the over 20 USRWA testing sites going forward.

View a full listing of the grant recipients here:

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