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About CRBI's Citizen Water Monitoring Program

Continuing a long tradition of active volunteer, citizen-based water monitoring, in 2010, CRBI and New Echota Rivers Alliance combined to submit more stream health reports to the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program than any other single group in the state. Together, we submitted 200 sets of data. CRBI participates in the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program and the Alabama Water Watch, program

Each year, CRBI trains dozens of citizens to monitor the streams in their neighborhoods. Through Georgia Adopt-A-Stream and Alabama Water Watch workshops, water monitoring volunteers learn both chemical and biological indicators of good stream health. With this knowledge, they can then use water monitoring kits provided by CRBI, to regularly test streams in their neighborhoods.

For information about our next water monitor training workshop, contact Amos Tuck at 706-232-2724 or atuck@coosa.org

Other Monitoring Programs

Bacteria Monitoring: CRBI also conducts bacteria monitoring in efforts to locate the sources of this pollution that spoils the use of our rivers and streams for swimming and fishing and poses a serious threat to human health.

Industrial and Municipal Sewage Treatment: CRBI monitors reports submitted to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division by dozens of municipal and industrial dischargers to our streams and rivers. These reports are reviewed to insure that these wastewater treatment facilities are not polluting our waterways.

Boat Patrols: CRBI conducts regular patrols of the Coosa, Oostanaula and Etowah rivers from our Yamaha-powered, G3 patrol boat, Arnemetia. These patrols allow us to keep an eye on the health of our rivers, identifying potential pollution problems, stream buffer violations, illegal dumping and other violations.

Etowah River Bacteria Levels Sept. 5, 2013

Sept. 5 Etowah Bacteria
As part of a continuing service to Etowah River users, CRBI will this summer provide weekly data about e. coli bacteria levels in the Etowah RIver, collecting and analyzing samples from US 411 near Kingston, Grizzard Park near Rome and at 2nd Avenue in Rome. The results of our tests will be posted each Friday and also published in area newspapers including the Rome News-Tribune and Cartersville Daily Tribune News

The geometric mean for our three testing sites on Sept. 5 was 98.6 cfu/100ml, below the EPA safe limit of 126 cfu/100 ml. The following are the results for our individual testing sites on Sept. 5:

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 90.6 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome:  103.9 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 101.9 cfu/100ml




Sept. 5,  2013

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 90.6 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome:  103.9 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 101.9 cfu/100ml

Aug. 29,  2013

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 39.3 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome:  41.8 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 36.9 cfu/100ml

Aug. 22,  2013

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 62.7 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome:  84.5 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 69.5 cfu/100ml

Aug. 15,  2013

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 60.9 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome:  108.1 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 69.7 cfu/100ml

Aug. 8,  2013

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 95.9 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome:  104.6 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 98.7 cfu/100ml

Aug. 1,  2013

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 50.4 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome:  52.8 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 48.1 cfu/100ml

July 25,  2013

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 50.4 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome:  104.3 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 95.9 cfu/100ml

Sept. 27, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 87.6 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome:  80.9 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 83.6 cfu/100ml

Sept. 20, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 68.9 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome:  61.3 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 67.6 cfu/100ml

Sept. 13, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 45.7 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome: 48.7 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 77.1 cfu/100ml

 

Sept. 6, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 115.3 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome: 101.7cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 61.3 cfu/100ml

Aug. 30, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 123.6 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome: 83.3 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 146.7 cfu/100ml

Aug. 23, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 60.9 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome: 98.7 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 71.2 cfu/100ml

Aug. 16, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 34.1 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome: 54.4 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 45.9 cfu/100ml

Aug. 9, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 107.1 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome: 111.2 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 95.9 cfu/100ml

Aug. 2, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 35.5 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome: 71.2 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 47.3 cfu/100ml

July 26, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 38.3 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome: 56.5 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 56.3 cfu/100ml

July 19, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 35.0 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome: 33.1 cfy/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 41.4 cfu/100ml

July  5, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 108.6 cfu/100ml,

Grizzard Park near Rome: 113.7 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 69.7 cfu/100ml.

June 28, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 6.3 cfu/100ml,

Grizzard Park near Rome: 13.2 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 6.3 cfu/100ml.

June 21, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 86 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome: 59.1 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 38.3 cfu/100ml

June 14, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 50.4 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome: 98.7cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 101.7 cfu/100ml

June 7, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 62.7 cfu/100ml,

Grizzard Park near Rome: 28.1 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 48.7 cfu/100ml

May 31, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 49.5 cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome: 108.1 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 52 cfu/100ml.

 May 24, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 38.9 cfu/100ml,

Grizzard Park near Rome: 98.7 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 60.9 cfu/100ml

May 10, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 39.3cfu/100ml

Grizzard Park near Rome: 104.3 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 42.3 cfu/100ml.

May 3, 2012

U.S. 411 near Kingston: 71.2 cfu/100ml,

Grizzard Park near Rome: 143.9 cfu/100ml

2nd Avenue in Rome: 143.9 cfu/100ml

2011 Etowah River Bacteria                             Monitoring Program

The results of the Coosa River Basin Initiative’s six-month-long bacteria monitoring program on the Etowah River confirm the connection between rain events and bacteria levels and confirm the river’s inclusion on the state’s list of polluted streams.

In what is the most comprehensive study of bacteria levels in the Etowah River in Floyd and Bartow counties to date, CRBI tested 81 water samples for e. coli bacteria between March and September. Each week, CRBI staff and Berry College Bonner Scholars collected and analyzed samples at the US 411 bridge near Kingston, at the Rome Bypass and at the 2nd Avenue Bridge in Rome.

Of the 27 sampling events, 24 showed the geometric mean e. coli bacteria level at the three sites below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “safe limit” of 126 cfu/100ml. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers e-coli levels below this limit safe for recreation, including swimming. 

The three monitoring events that exceeded the safe limit were closely associated with rain events. The geometric mean exceeded the EPA standard on April 27 following a 2.5-inch rain; on July 6 after a one-inch rain and on Sept. 7 after a 3.5-inch rainfall. Bacteria levels in rivers usually increase following rainstorms as pollution washes off the surface of the land and into streams and rivers.

High bacteria levels in rivers can be attributed to manure from livestock, pets and wildlife, failing septic systems and leaking sewer lines, but the exact sources are often difficult to identify.

However, CRBI has identified at least three locations where cattle have direct access to the river—near Hardin Bridge upstream of US 411, near Dykes Creek upstream from the Rome Bypass and just downstream from the Rome bypass. The state recommends that farmers exclude cattle from rivers and streams, but there are no laws that require such practices. 

 CRBI plans to continue the project next year during the Etowah River recreation season in an effort to provide information to river users about the safety of the river. Elevated bacteria levels indicate the possible presence of disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and protozoans that make swimming in the river a health risk.

Below are graphs showing bacteria levels at our three testing locations, a graph showing the geometric mean of our three testing sites each week and a graph showing rain events during this time period.

 

Second Ave. Etowah Bacteria Graph

 

Rome Bypass Etowah Bacteria Graph
US 411 Etowah Bacteria Graph
Geometric Mean Etowah Bacteria Graph
Etowah River RainFall Graph

 

 

2011 Etowah River E. coli Monitoring Data

04/12/11 water temp- 15C

Second Ave.   78.0 cfu/100 ml

Rome Bypass  93.3 cfu/100 ml

US 411            54.6 cfu/100 ml

04/19/11 water temp- 15C

Second Ave.   129.6 cfu/100 ml

Rome Bypass  131.4 cfu/100 ml

US 411            63.7 cfu/100 ml

04/27/11 water temp- 15C

Second Ave.   1046.2 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass  686.7 cfu/100ml

US 411            40.2 cfu/100ml

05/3/11 water temp- 17C

Second Ave.   81.6 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass  86.0 cfu/100ml

US 411            34.5 cfu/100ml

05/10/11 water temp- 20C

Second Ave.   83.3 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass  120.1 cfu/100ml

US 411            68.9 cfu/100ml

05/17/11 water temp- 15C

Second Ave.   56.3 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass  39.3 cfu/100ml

US 411            76.3 cfu/100ml

5/25/2011 water temp- 17C

Second Ave.   325.5 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass  53.8 cfu/100ml

US 411            56.5 cfu/100ml

6/1/2011 water temp- 19C   

Second Ave.   59.1 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass  86.0 cfu/100ml

US 411            260.3 cfu/100ml

6/8/2011 water temp-23C

Second Ave.   32.3 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass  34.5 cfu/100ml

US 411            79.4 cfu/100ml

6/15/2011 Water temp 22.3C

Second Ave.   40.4 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass  25.0 cfu/100ml

US 411            46.7 cfu/100ml

6/23/2011 Water Temp 23 C

Second Ave.   58.3 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass  37.3 cfu/100ml

US 411            66.3 cfu/100ml

6/30/2011 Water Temp 23.5 C

Second Ave.   55.6 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass  37.9 cfu/100ml

US 411            59.1 cfu/100ml

7/6/2011

Second Ave.   64.4 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass  78.4 cfu/100ml

US 411            344.1 cfu/100ml

7/14/2011

Second Ave.   45.0 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass  45.0 cfu/100ml

US 411            73.8 cfu/100ml

7/20/2011 Water Temp. 25 C

Second Ave.   39.9 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass  55.6 cfu/100ml

US 411            137.2 cfu/100ml

7/27/2011 Water Temp. 23.5 C

Second Ave.   60.2 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass  42.8 cfu/100ml

US 411            64.5 cfu/100ml

8/3/2011 Water Temp. 23.5 C

Second Ave.  53.8 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass 59.4 cfu/100ml

US 411 48.7 cfu/100ml

8/10/2011 Water Temp. 23

Second Ave. 48 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass 24.6 cfu/100ml

US 411 48.9 cfu/100ml

8/17//2011 Water Temp. 23

Second Ave.    51.2 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass 25.9 cfu/100ml

US 411     57.3 cfu/100ml

8/24//2011 Water Temp. 24

Second Ave.    47.3 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass 52.9 cfu/100ml

US 411     128.7 cfu/100ml

8/31//2011 Water Temp. 24

Second Ave.    44.6 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass 52.8 cfu/100ml

US 411      52.0 cfu/100ml

09/7/11 Water Temp. 22C

Second Ave.    436 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass 101.2 cfu/100ml

US 411 125.9  cfu/100ml

09/14/11 Water Temp. 25C

Second Ave.    72.8 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass 69.7 cfu/100ml

US 411 77.6 cfu/100ml

09/20/11 Water Temp. 25C

Second Ave.    50.4 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass 24.6 cfu/100ml

US 411 13.5 cfu/100ml

09/27/11 Water Temp. 23.5 C

Second Ave.    71.1 cfu/100ml

Rome Bypass 71.2 cfu/100ml

US 411 86 cfu/100ml

 










































































































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