Stream Chemistry Monitoring Program
The Stream Chemistry Monitoring Program is the largest and longest running environmental monitoring operation administered by the Technical Services Section. Water samples are regularly obtained from streams throughout Kansas and analyzed for a suite of physical, organic, inorganic, radionuclide, and bacteriological parameters. The program's database currently comprises about two million analytical records representing nearly 400 active and inactive monitoring locations and more than 100 physicochemical and microbiological parameters. For a complete list of parameters, see the Program’s Quality Assurance Management Plan.
Currently, the stream chemistry sampling network comprises 320 monitoring sites spanning all the major river basins and physiographic regions of Kansas. About 165 core sites are sampled on a bimonthly basis every year, whereas the remaining 155 sites are monitored using a four-year rotational approach; i.e., samples are collected bimonthly from approximately 25 percent of these sites each year. The earliest records in KDHE's stream chemistry database date to the late 1960s, and some monitoring sites have a continuous period-of-record extending from that time to the present. This information also has been uploaded to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) STORET database.
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