BUCKEYE LAKE – Anyone with access to the Internet can now track Buckeye Lake’s water quality on a realtime basis.
The continuous monitoring station was installed last Friday in about eight feet of water in the middle of the lake at the western end of the no-wake zone for Cranberry Bog. It’s marked with two small white lights and a buoy.
Ohio EPA Director and sport diver Scott J. Nally completed the installation by securing the monitoring devices at a half meter below the surface and a half meter off the bottom. Very poor visibility underwater and a strong wind make it a difficult task. At left, ODNR Deputy Director Glen Cobb helps Nally back onboard.
The station will measure water temperature, conductivity, pH, turbidity and dissolved oxygen at two depths in the water colum n. Dissolved oxygen is a critical measurement for the health of the lake’s fish population.
The approximately $45,000 in equipment is being funded through Ohio EPA with a federal grant. It was supplied by an Ohio-based manufacturer of water monitoring systems – YSI Inc. of Yellow Springs.
“The state is fortunate to partner with this Ohio company to provide Ohio EPA and ODNR staffs, as well as the general public, timely data on the lake’s water quality,” Nally said.
The live data is available at www.livelakedata.com