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2013 Monitoring Activities: Summer Water Quality Conditions. Technical Committee Meeting October 8-9, 2013 Agenda Item # 6. Summer 2013 Monthly Precipitation Relative to Normal. May. June. July. August. September. Average Monthly Streamflow May – September 2013. Clean Metals Sampling.

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2013 monitoring activities summer water quality conditions

2013 Monitoring Activities:Summer Water Quality Conditions

Technical Committee Meeting

October 8-9, 2013

Agenda Item # 6



Average Monthly Streamflow May – September 2013


Clean Metals Sampling

  • 3 thallium detections in 2013, all greater than WQC 0.24 ug/L

  • Mercury violations occur at high flows


Fgd monitoring hg results
FGD Monitoring Hg Results

  • Final discharge does not show the mercury content of the FGD WW

  • Percent methyl mercury is equivalent to Ohio River ambient waters


Broad scan results
Broad Scan Results

  • Two Rounds Collected, 3 Locations, High and Low flows:

  • Similar results in both rounds:

    • 123 Analytical tests, 19 Detections

    • No WQC Violations

    • No Detections at all:

      • Pesticides, VOCs, Semi VOAs, PAHs, Radiation

    • All detections from Ions and Metals, all of them routinely monitored


Mehg baf study early results
MeHg BAF Study Early Results

  • Monthly samples collected just upstream of Hannibal L&D

  • No WQC violations (>12ng/L)

  • All methyl mercury detections from high flows


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MeHg BAF Study Early Results

  • Collected 12 Fish Tissue Samples for MeHg

    • 6 in Fall 2012 & 6 in Spring 2013

    • Directly below Hannibal L&D (~mi 127)


Fish Tissue Contaminants

  • 75 Samples (River wide & some KY tributaries)

    • PCBs

    • Total & Methyl Mercury

    • Chlordanes

    • DDTs

    • Pb, Cd, Se

    • PBDEs

  • Support fish consumption advisory decisions

  • Support 305(b) use attainment decision making (methylmercury)

    • Now have >=2 species of Trophic Level 4 & TL 3 from each pool since 2010

  • Complete KY SEP project

    • Collect 40 MeHg samples from KY pools and some tributaries (2012-2013)


Probabilistic Pool Survey Sites

  • 15 randomly determined 500m sites per pool

    • Fish Community

    • Macroinvertebrate Community

    • Instream & Riparian Habitat


Additional Data Collection

  • 500m sites (random + targeted)

    • Fish Community

    • Macroinvertebrate Community

    • Instream & Riparian Habitat

  • Water Chemistry

  • Sediment Chemistry

30 sites for macroinvertebrates & chemistry


Fixed Stations

  • Fish Community

  • Fish Tissue Contaminants


HOBO Data Loggers

  • Hourly measurements for 2 years (1 year to go)

    • Temperature

    • Conductivity





Contact recreation monitoring

  • Bacteria samples are collected April 1 through October 31.

  • Samples are collected at an upstream and downstream location in Pittsburgh, Wheeling,

  • Huntington, Cincinnati, Louisville and Evansville.

  • Five rounds of sampling are completed monthly for each urban community sampling

  • location and analyzed for E. coli using Membrane Filtration. Those five samples are then used to produce a monthly Geometric Mean which shall not exceed 130CFU/100mL and shall not exceed 240CFU/100mL in any single sample.

Contact Recreation Monitoring


Contact recreation monitoring1

Contact Recreation Monitoring

At four extra sites in Cincinnati we also analyze for Enterococci using Enterolert and for E.coli using Colilert.

Special Projects

Buffalo Trails Multisport Racing (Maysville) Louisville Triathlon*

Louisville Ironman

Cincinnati Triathlon

The Great Ohio River Swim

*Public was notified bacteria levels were elevated


Dissolved oxygen and temperature monitoring

  • Dissolved oxygen and temperature is monitored by the United States Army Corp of Engineers, electric utility/hydropower agencies or ORSANCO at 9 Ohio River stations.

  • These stations are monitored in hourly, 30-minute or 15-minute increments to obtain temperature and dissolved oxygen data for the assessment of aquatic life water quality criteria.

  • The average D.O. concentration shall be at least 5.0mg/L for each calendar day. (Graphs to follow)

  • The allowable temperature varies each month and Period Averages range from 68°-84°F. Smithland had 5 days where they exceeded the Period Average of 84°. (Graphs to follow)

Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature Monitoring


Algae nutrients program
Algae/Nutrients Program States Army Corp of Engineers, electric utility/hydropower agencies or ORSANCO at 9 Ohio River stations.

  • No algae blooms reported or detected

  • Largest concentrations detected in May (typically August)

  • Community dominated by diatoms all summer (typically shifts to Blue-Green algae in late summer)


Algae nutrients program1
Algae/Nutrients Program States Army Corp of Engineers, electric utility/hydropower agencies or ORSANCO at 9 Ohio River stations.

  • High flow conditions through July

  • Algae blooms require long residence time and high light penetration


Wabash monitoring project
Wabash Monitoring Project States Army Corp of Engineers, electric utility/hydropower agencies or ORSANCO at 9 Ohio River stations.

  • Three year project starting 1/22/2012

  • Annual report submitted April 2013

  • Samples collected every two weeks

    • Nutrients, BOD, TSS, algae, chlorophyll

  • Datasonde takes readings every 30 min


Wabash monitoring project1
Wabash Monitoring Project States Army Corp of Engineers, electric utility/hydropower agencies or ORSANCO at 9 Ohio River stations.

A lot of this

Not so much of this


Dissolved oxygen
Dissolved Oxygen States Army Corp of Engineers, electric utility/hydropower agencies or ORSANCO at 9 Ohio River stations.

  • Number of days with Average DO <5mg/L = 2

  • Number of days with any measurement <4mg/L = 0


Biochemical oxygen demand
Biochemical Oxygen Demand States Army Corp of Engineers, electric utility/hydropower agencies or ORSANCO at 9 Ohio River stations.

  • Identified as a contributor to low DO in the Smithland Pool.

  • One detection on the Ohio River (Smithland Pool)

  • Similar to previous years


Organics Detection System Sites States Army Corp of Engineers, electric utility/hydropower agencies or ORSANCO at 9 Ohio River stations.

Big Sandy R.


Organics Detection System Operations Overview States Army Corp of Engineers, electric utility/hydropower agencies or ORSANCO at 9 Ohio River stations. January - August 2013

  • 3,272 River Water Samples were analyzed by the ODS Between January and August 2013.

  • % Utilization = (# of River Water Samples Analyzed) / (# of Days X 15 sites) = 89.8% Utilization.


Organics Detection System Operations Overview States Army Corp of Engineers, electric utility/hydropower agencies or ORSANCO at 9 Ohio River stations.

* The addition of 2 ODS sites at Ashland, Ky. and Midland, Pa. brought the total # of ODS sites up from 13 to 15 sites.


Organics detection system operations overview
Organics Detection System Operations Overview States Army Corp of Engineers, electric utility/hydropower agencies or ORSANCO at 9 Ohio River stations.

  • Pittsburgh Water- The Pittsburgh Water ODS site has made improvements in their utilization of the ODS. This has helped to raise ODS utilization to 89.8%.

    ODS Upgrade

  • We have enhanced the capabilities of the ODS by installing GC/ Mass Spec instrumentation at American Water (Huntington, WV) and at Evansville Water.

  • We have also installed a process GC at Wheeling Water that will work around the clock to screen the Ohio River water for volatile organics.


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