Water Quality Monitoring

LRD Water Quality MonitoringDue to the many ecological and regulatory pressures being exerted over the Loxahatchee River Basin area, it was recommended that South Indian River Water Control District sample and monitor water quality within and adjacent to its boundaries. SIRWCD had historically taken samples through a co-operative agreement with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), but due to reduced funding by the federal government, the program was abandoned. 


The Loxahatchee River District (LRD) has been obtaining water quality samples in recent years. The existing sampling locations done by LRD are depicted on the graphic to the right.  Due to the new water quality legislation being proposed at the time, the Board of Supervisors had instructed staff to implement a water quality monitoring program that augments and expands the current LRD program.


In July 2011, SIRWCD entered into a contract with a water sampling and testing firm. The samples are tested to analyze the surface water and groundwater for various metal, organic and inorganic contaminants as well as water quality criteria. The figure below illustrates the sampling locations for this program. The Lateral Control Structures constructed as part of the 9th Plan of Improvements have provided the District with a significant amount of water level monitoring data that is very valuable to the District to better manage the system for flood protection and environmental benefits. 


For print versions of these images, please see the District Engineer's Annual Report.


SIRWCD Water Quality Monitoring