Monday, March 28, 2011 Tracy Brown, from Riverkeeper Water Quality Program made a compelling presentation at the Warner Library about water quality in the Hudson River and local waterways and our local connections with it.
Ms, Brown is a communications professional, environmental advocate and perennial student. For the past two decades has worked as a communications strategist/project lead on websites, games, journals, exhibits, videos, events and advocacy campaigns. She currently works with Riverkeeper on the Water Quality Program and other Hudson River campaigns. Many days you can find her out on the Hudson in the patrol boat with John Lipscomb and a colorful cast of guests and collaborators.
Riverkeeper conducts a water quality study aboard the Riverkeeper patrol boat. The primary goal of this ongoing project is to characterize and report on the highly variable conditions of the Hudson River Estuary through testing for sewage indicating microorganisms, oxygen and turbidity levels, and other indicators of water quality.
This project is conducted in collaboration with scientists from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Queens College. It is part of Riverkeeper’s Swimmable River Campaign, which aims to improve the water quality of the Hudson through better water quality policies, better wastewater treatment infrastructure and better monitoring and public notification of river conditions.
The Water Quality Testing Program aims to characterize the complex water quality conditions in the Hudson River Estuary. Our initial findings show overall water quality to be highly variable depending on both site, location and time sampled. This study is ongoing and as the data increase, a better picture of problem locations throughout the estuary will emerge.
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