Push to test water quality in the Yampa River Basin could expand to groundwater

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March 27, 2012: Water-quality tests on Yampa River expand to 5 sites

David Brown, of the U.S. Geological Survey, is scheduled to talk about water quality monitoring with the Routt County Board of Commissioners at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday.

Brown, who works at the USGS Water Science Center, will talk about new programs to monitor both surface and groundwater quality in the Upper Yampa River Basin.

The county commissioners agreed in March to contribute $9,071 toward the $50,000 cost of expanding current monitoring of water quality in the Yampa River from one site to five sites. Water samples are being tested for chemical content, nutrients, E. coli and alkalinity, among other properties.

Other entities funding the water monitoring include the city of Steamboat Springs, Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District and Morrison Creek Water and Sanitation District.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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