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Beaver Water District Utilizes the SCUFA Submersible Fluorometer for Managing Watershed

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In Vivo Chlorophyll a

Introduction

Beaver Water District in Northwest Arkansas provides drinking water from Beaver Lake to thousands of local residents, and therefore monitoring the quality of this water on a regular basis is of high importance to the water management team. Amongst these monitored parameters, chlorophyll a (algae) levels are of considerable interest due to the negative impact that algae can have on the color, taste, and odor of the water. Beaver Water District utilizes Turner Designs SCUFA Submersible Fluorometer to monitor their chlorophyll a levels, which has helped structure their watershed management practices to best minimize algal blooms from occurring in the reservoir. 

The District's watershed monitoring team utilizes the SCUFA to determine relative concentrations of chlorophyll at various depths and locations within and feeding into Beaver Lake. Samples are also sent off to a laboratory where exact concentrations of chlorophyll are determined. The chlorophyll data that they gather assists in determining the best watershed management practices to undertake that will minimize the likelihood of algal blooms occurring within the reservoir.

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Beaver Lake, Arkansas, USA
Beaver Water District