Results from Ioway Creek spring and fall watershed snapshots, going back to 2006
Monitoring of Ioway Creek and its tributaries has gone on for more than a decade
Data collected by the City of Ames in the South Skunk River is used to show seasonal patterns in water quality that can help provide context for May and October water quality snapshots.
Results of monthly stream monitoring route in Story County, Iowa.
Comparisons between sites that were not sampled on the same schedule can be misleading
Scripts for comparing a site to a reference site. These sites in DNR's ambient stream monitoring network can be used as a reference for their upstream tributaries
Using DNR data to compare South Skunk River upstream and downstream of Squaw Creek.
WQP data for Story County
Surface water data from AQuIA database in Story County.
Number and timing of water quality tests by volunteers. South Skunk River HUC8 only.
The City of Ames has been monitoring the South Skunk River on a weekly basis above and below its wastewater treatment system, the Water Pollution Control Facility, since 2003. There is a lot that could be done with this rich dataset, but we’ll look nitrate and total phosphorus from Jan 2011 to Sept 2020 to illustrate the value of long-term monitoring, and to demonstrate the power paired same-day observations for finding patterns amid the noise of weather variation. Pairing is an strategy that can boost the statistical power of smaller datasets as well.
Preliminary results of county-wide stream monitoring
Version 1.1 Prairie Rivers of Iowa is working with Story County and other partners to develop a plan for long-term stream monitoring to support environmental education and conservation projects. An essential step is exploring the data already being collected by the Iowa DNR to provide context for upstream monitoring sites.