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Savannah River goes online

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The Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy introduced the latest technology that now makes the Savannah River only a click away. The Eco Net Program analyzes the river salinity, Ph levels, dissolved oxygen and temperature in real-time. The information is sent to an online server where anyone can access it via the internet.

"With this opportunity, everybody in the basin becomes a citizen scientist," said Oscar Flite, Vice President for Research.   

The mindset behind the technology came from people's concerns about the water quality.

"Most of the time people will say the water quality is bad but we have a lot of data that says otherwise," said Flite. "The water quality is actually very good in the Savannah River." 

"It gives everybody an opportunity to see the river's health," said Jason Moak, Senior Scientist. 

The scientists have been collecting this type of data from the river since 2006 but it wasn't until this past year when they were able to get the funding to install these types of real-time meters along the Savannah River.

"It's a great opportunity to share the information," said Flite.  

FOX54's Elizabeth Rawlins visited two of the eight sites along the river and then took a closer look at the most recent water reading online which updates every 15 minutes.

The water quality was right where it should be for fishing, kayaking or any river activities just in time, real-time that is, for the weekend.

Only four of the eight sites that run along the river from the Strom Thurmond Dam to I- 95 are currently producing real-time data. However, scientists said they should all be operating by the end of the month.

To access the Savannah River data online visit:

http://www.ysieconet.com/public/WebUI/Default.aspx?hidCustomerID=96

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