Watershed Conservation

Water Quality Monitoring

The Conservancy's watershed conservation program staff provides technical expertise in identifying and treating all forms of non-point source pollution, such as excess nutrients and fertilizers from agricultural operations and sediment from eroding streambanks. This type of pollution is the leading cause of water quality issues impacting our region’s waterways.

Macroinvertibrate samplingOur trained watershed staff provides technical assistance for water quality and riparian area monitoring, macroinvertebrate sampling, habitat evaluations and monitoring protocol development, among other areas of specialty. Our staff is also available to serve on project steering and technical committees, and advisory boards at the local, state or federal level.

How We Monitor Water Quality 

Consistent monitoring is essential to assessing a stream’s water quality. The watershed conservation program monitors streambank fencing sites before and after construction, to denote any changes in water quality.  Staff will take samples upstream and downstream of the fenced area. If changes occur, our staff will issue reports to document the differences and can assist with ongoing monitoring. Our trained staff considers a number of parameters and indicators when assessing water quality, including:

  • Nitrates
  • Phosphates
  • Turbidity
  • Conductivity
  • pH
  • Temperature
  • Dissolved Oxygen
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Aquatic Macroinvertebrates
For More Information:

Watershed Conservation Program
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
1067 Philadelphia Street, Suite 101
Indiana, PA 15701