WATER QUALITY MONITORING

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) owns/operates three existing continuous, real-time water discharge and gauge height stations, one each at the mouths of Conewago Creek, Codorus Creek, and Muddy Creek. Last fall, these three stations were updated to add continuous, real-time water quality monitoring for the indicator parameters of temperature, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, pH, and turbidity. This spring, three new gauge stations will be installed, one each at Fishing Creek (near Goldsboro), Kreutz Creek (near Wrightsville), and Fishing Creek (near Craley). Additionally, all six stations will have CRT water quality sensors installed to measure nitrogen and phosphorous. Below are links to the current monitoring stations installed.

Codorus Creek near Saginaw, PA; USGS Site Number 01575598 (relocated)
• Existing gage, recording and transmitting gage height and streamflow, in cubic feet per second
• Site is installed on the downstream side of bridge on Furnace Road.
• Lat/Long is 40`03’08” N, -76`39’16” W
• YSI multiple-parameter water quality monitor installed and transmitting 5-parameters
• Water temp, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity
▪ Nitrate monitor infrastructure installed
• Nitrate monitor installed and transmitting
• Wiper installed, but not currently operating
• Standard Data Display: LINK
• NextGen Station Page: LINK

West Conewago Creek near Manchester, PA, USGS Site Number 01574000
• Existing gage, recording and transmitting gage height and streamflow, in cubic feet per second
• Site is installed 500 ft upstream from bridge on State Highway 181.
• Lat/Long is 40`04’56” N, long 76`43’13” W
• YSI multiple-parameter water quality monitor installed and transmitting 5-parameters
• Water temp, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity
• Nitrate monitor infrastructure installed
• Nitrate monitor is at USGS office, but not currently installed
• Waiting to resolve power and communication issues with data collection platform
• Standard Data Display: LINK
• NextGen Station Page: LINK

Muddy Creek at Castle Fin, PA; USGS Site Number 01577500 (relocated)
• Existing gage, recording and transmitting gage height and streamflow, in cubic feet per second
• Site installed at bridge on SR 2024 (Paper Mill Rd).
• Lat/Long 39°46’21” N , -76°18’58” W
• YSI multiple-parameter water quality monitor installed and transmitting 5-parameters
• Water temp, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity
• Nitrate monitor infrastructure installed
• Nitrate monitor is at USGS office, but not currently installed
• Waiting to resolve communication issues with data collection platform (needs firmware upgrade)
• Standard Data Display: LINK
• NextGen Station Page: LINK

Fishing Creek at Craley, PA; USGS Site Number 01576045 (new)
• New gage, recording & transmitting gage height
• Establishing rating to compute streamflow, in cubic feet per second
• Site installed at Richmond Rd Bridge; this captures the drainage of Beaver Creek which is immediately upstream.
• Lat/Long is 39`56’31” N, -76`30’01” W
• YSI multiple-parameter water quality monitor installed and transmitting 5-parameters
▪ Water temp, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity
▪ Nitrate monitor infrastructure installed
• Nitrate monitor installed and transmitting
• Wiper installed, but not currently operating
• Currently working on establishing new USGS site number
• Standard Data Display: LINK
• NextGen Station Page: LINK

Kreutz Creek at Strickler, PA; USGS Site Number 01576007 (new)
• New gage, recording & transmitting gage height
• Establishing rating to compute streamflow, in cubic feet per second
▪ Site installed at Bairs Mill Rd Bridge
• Lat/Long is 40`00’51” N, -76`32’53” W
• YSI multiple-parameter water quality monitor installed and transmitting 5-parameters
▪ Water temp, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity
• Nitrate monitor infrastructure installed
• Nitrate monitor installed and transmitting
• Wiper installed, but not currently operating
• Standard Data Display: LINK
• NextGen Station Page: LINK

Fishing Creek at Goldsboro, PA; USGS Site Number 01573660 (new)
• New gage, recording & transmitting gage height
• Establishing rating to compute streamflow, in cubic feet per second
• Site installed at Pine Rd. Bridge, directly upstream from Goldsboro.
• Lat/Long is 40`09’12” N, 76`45’20” W.
• YSI multiple parameter water-quality monitor installed and transmitting 5-parameters
• Water temp, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity
▪ Nitrate monitor infrastructure installed
• Nitrate monitor installed and transmitting
• Wiper installed, but not currently operating
• Standard Data Display: LINK
• NextGen Station Page: LINK