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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