State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2008IN242B
Title: Wireless Monitoring of the Wabash River
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2008
End Date: 2/28/2009
Congressional District: 5
Focus Categories: Nutrients, Education, Water Quality
Keywords: Remote Sensing, Streams, Rivers, Undergraduate Education
Principal Investigator: Jafvert, Chad (Purdue University)
Federal Funds: $ 10,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 20,004
Abstract: The purpose of this project is to purchase and install water quality monitoring equipment and instrumentation on the Wabash River, near Lafayette, IN. The Wabash River watershed drains approximately two-thirds of the state of Indiana and is the longest non-dammed river reach east of the Mississippi River. The objective of this proposal is to: (1) employ innovative wireless continuous monitoring strategies for assessing water quality at remote locations, (2) train students in sensor and wireless technologies as they relate to environmental assessment and protection, and (3) leverage project infrastructure and results to attract additional resources to the State of Indiana to monitor environmental parameters at a broad scale (i.e., watershed level). The outcome of this project will be a water quality monitoring station installed on the Wabash River that can be used to monitor various physical, chemical, and biological properties of the water in either real-time or via automated sampling.

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