Why you want to measure nutrient levels in water
Recently the guardian published an article on the largest ever 'dead zone' in the Gulf of Mexico.
Nutrients flowing into streams, rivers and the ocean from agriculture and wastewater stimulate an overgrowth of algae, which then decomposes. This results in hypoxia, or lack of oxygen in the water, causing marine life either to flee or die.
The algae blooms themselves can be toxic and cause all sorts of problems. Apart from causing hypoxia and killing off marine life, foul-smelling green slime can wash-up and cover entire beaches. When people come in to contact with these algae blooms the toxins can cause a variety of health issues and can even lead to death.
Read the entire article here: theguardian.com
What can we do to measure the scale of nutrients flowing into water bodies where they don't belong.
Eijkelkamp has a set of tools which enables you to permanently perform remote water quality measurements. This long term monitoring solution registers a set of water quality parameters. These tools can be deployed on key points within a water body. You can set alarms so you will be informed when and if these water quality parameters are in decline. This will enable you to issue warnings, investigate a possible contamination source or take other appropriate actions.
Get in touch with one of our water quality specialists to explore the best possible option that works for you.