2015 Muskingum River Gage at McConnelsville - Heidelberg University, National Center for Water Quality Research

Problem Description

The National Center for Water Quality Research (NCWQR) of Heidelberg University has requested financial assistance to operate and maintain the water quality monitoring station on the lower Muskingum River at McConnelsville in Morgan County.  The monitoring station collects various water quality data, including concentrations of nutrients, total suspended solids, and amounts of sediments transported downstream.  The nutrient and sediment date are used by scientists and policy makers.

Solution Description

The gage provides important water quality data that is used extensively by government agencies, educational institutions, commercial organizations, and non-profits.  The data show trends and patterns in water quality, measures pollutant loads, and analyzes the effectiveness of best management practice implementation.

This water quality monitoring project provides invaluable data that enables the analysis of pollutant loads and upstream land use patterns.  This project aligns well with MWCD's mission and authorities granted within the Amendment to the Official Plan.

Grant Funding

Total Project Cost:    $31,865.00
Requested Grant:    $23,795.00
Approved Grant:    $16,000.00

Location Information

The McConnelsville water quality monitoring station is located on the lower Muskingum River in Morgan County.

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Activity Log

This PWM Grant was approved at the February 20, 2015 meeting of the Board of Directors.  This Grant was completed in December 2015. Since this project and due to the success, the University has continued research and requested additional funding into 2016 and 2017.

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Heidelberg University National Center for Water Quality Research