Building upon the Kansas City Urban Stream Network, EPA worked with the USGS and local partners to establish a real-time monitoring network in the Kansas City area to provide real-time water quality data. The United States Geological Survey has pioneered an innovative approach for estimating bacteria concentrations based on basic water quality parameters. An example of this information can be found for Indian Creek at State Line Road here.
As part of this project, EPA collected paired e-coli and turbidity samples over the course of 2011, to develop a dataset sufficient to establish the necessary relationship. The results of these samples will be available by clicking on any one of the KC Urban Stream Monitor locations on the metro area map, and then clicking on the link called 2010 Bacteria Sampling. Note these results were in most instances taken at another location on the stream itself, at the potential locations of the future real-time sites.
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