Sampling

LFUCG, Third Rock Consultants and the Kentucky Division of Water worked together from October 2018 to March 2020 to sample water quality data in West Hickman Creek. The following is a list of potential parameters included with each sample. 

  • Site ID
  • Date
  • Estimated Flow (cfs)
  • Dissolved Oxygen Saturation (%)
  • Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)
  • pH (SU)
  • Conductivity (µS/cm)
  • Temp (C)
  • Chlorine (mg/L)
  • Fluoride (mg/L)
  • Nitrogen (mg/L)
  • Phosphorous (mg/L)
  • Total Suspended Solids (mg/L)
  • E. Coli (MPN/100mL)
  • Various qualitative measurements (weather, canopy cover, odor, etc.)
  • Various metal concentrations (antimony, aluminum, copper, lead, etc.)

In addition to these water quality metrics the project team measured stream biology, stream habitat and Microbial Source Tracking (MST). MST is a scientific method which determines the source of E. coli pollution from human, dog or bird. 

As shown in the map below, 18 stream sites were selected for study. A stream site refers to the single location where sampling occurred in the stream. Water health at each stream site is impacted by the entire upstream sub-watershed which contributes flow to that site. Some stream sites accept flow from multiple other stream sites. For instance, site WH-23 is the most downstream of all sites and all other sites drain to it. Read chapter 4 of the full watershed management plan for more information on this topic. 


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