[from the BRLT Summer 2016 Newsletter] “For the second year, BRLT is training coastal water quality monitoring volunteers and collecting data from ten sites around the peninsula. These tests monitor threats to ocean health, such as nutrient overloading, oxygen depletion, rising seawater temperatures and ocean acidification.
In 2015, BRLT joined forces with the Maine Coastal Observing Alliance (MCOA) and began recording pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, salinity, and turbidity levels of seawater. MCOA collects this data from citizen scientists throughout Maine’s estuaries, from Casco Bay to Penobscot Bay. The MCOA summary report from the first year’s monitoring found that the estuaries were generally healthy, in terms of nutrients and oxygen, but that low pH levels are a concern.
BRLT has received a second John Sage Foundation grant, which let us purchase our own water monitoring kits. These kits contain all necessary equipment to continue our water sampling program and strengthen it for many years to come.”