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Paradise Stream Watershed Assessment – Preliminary Data Gap Evaluation. Principle Investigator/ Presented by: Mr. Brian Oram, PG, PASEO Co-PI’s: Dr. Dale Bruns & Mr. Bill Toothill Wilkes University, GeoEnvironmental Sciences and Engineering http://www.wilkes.edu 1-800-572-4444 ext 4619.

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Paradise stream watershed assessment preliminary data gap evaluation

Paradise Stream Watershed Assessment – Preliminary Data Gap Evaluation

Principle Investigator/ Presented by:

Mr. Brian Oram, PG, PASEO

Co-PI’s: Dr. Dale Bruns & Mr. Bill Toothill

Wilkes University, GeoEnvironmental Sciences and Engineering

http://www.wilkes.edu1-800-572-4444 ext 4619


Center for environmental quality

Center for Environmental Quality

Non-profit/ equal opportunity employer, is operated and

managed, within the GeoEnvironmental Sciences and

Engineering Department.

Outreach Programs

  • Environmental and Professional Education and Training

  • Applied Research and Water Quality Monitoring

  • Community and Business Outreach Programs

  • Private Well Owner/ Watershed Group Programs

  • Certified Testing Laboratory

    Website: http://www.water-research.net


Paradise stream watershed assessment preliminary data gap evaluation

Paradise Creek Watershed


Data gap analysis

Data Gap Analysis

  • Compile Available Data (Multiple Sources)

  • Correct Typographical Errors

  • Remove (<, >, 0, nd, ?)

  • Correct Date Errors – like 02/12/1192

  • Develop Spatial Information for Sampling Sites

  • Evaluate other Sources of Spatial Data for [Dams, USGS Stations, Hazardous Sites, Roads, Land-Use Non-Point Sources (Septic, Stormwater Run-off) Hydrography.]

  • Present Readily Available Data using a Geographic Information System (GIS) and Lay Foundation for the Development of a Geospatial and Relational Database.


What is gis

What is GIS?

A GIS is defined as an organized collection of computer

hardware, software, geographic data, and personnel designed to

efficiently capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze, and

display all forms of geographically referenced information. (ESRI,

1995).

GIS is a very powerful tool for storing and accessing

geographic information, conducting geographic analysis, and

producing high-quality maps and other types of graphic output.


Sources of data water quality

Sources of Data (Water Quality)

  • Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA)

  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP)

  • Monroe County Planning Commission (MC)

  • Paradise Township (PADTWP)

  • Normandeau Associates/ Aventis (RMC)

  • Mount Pocono Municipal Authority (ITC)

  • USGS- Paradise/Swiftwater Creek (1966- 1980)

  • ALLARM-Paradise Creek


Data sources spatial gis data

Data Sources (Spatial-GIS Data)

  • Monroe County Planning Commission

  • Wilkes University Center for Environmental Quality and GIS/Remote Sensing Laboratories

  • EPA Basins(http://www.epa.gov/OST/BASINS/)*

  • USGS

  • PAGIS Consortium (http://www.pagis.org)

  • Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA)

    * Data requires correction


Data summary tables

Data Summary Tables


Paradise stream watershed assessment preliminary data gap evaluation

Total Number of Available Water Quality Records 1985 - 2002


Importance of volunteer monitoring

Importance of Volunteer Monitoring

BWA- Brodhead Watershed Association


Paradise stream watershed assessment preliminary data gap evaluation

Paradise Creek Watershed (Water Resources Map)


Paradise stream watershed assessment preliminary data gap evaluation

Sampling Sites (1985-2002)


Paradise stream watershed assessment preliminary data gap evaluation

Point Sources


Overall stream quality

Overall Stream Quality

Aquatic Life

Cold Water Fishes—Maintenance or propagation, or both, of fish species including the family Salmonidae and additional flora and fauna which are indigenous to a cold water habitat.

EV –CWF- Exceptional Value Cold Water Fishes

Devils Hole – Basin to South Boundary of State Game Land

HQ –CWF- High Quality Cold Water Fishes

Devils Hole – From South Boundary of Games Land to MouthButz RunCranberry CreekSwiftwater CreekParadise Creek

Unnamed Tributaries to Paradise

Yankee Run

Source:PACode93


Water quality data needs

Water Quality Data Needs

  • Establish Fixed Water Quality Stations and Establish Protocols for Testing, Monitoring, Sampling, and QC/QA Plan

  • Confirm Methods Used for Existing Data and Complete Screening of Existing Data

  • Develop a Field and Laboratory Data/ Reporting Format

  • Increase Monitoring Frequency (Monthly) at Selected Sites

  • Improve Field Monitoring Capability for Volunteer Groups

  • Stormwater or Storm Event Sampling

  • Real-Time/24-hour monitoring (?)


Hydrogeological needs

Hydrogeological Needs

  • Inventory of Water Sources (Wells and Springs) – PAGIS Data Inventory- Integration of Existing Wellhead Protection Program

  • Establish Stream Gauging Stations within the Watershed (Combination of Continuous and Fixed Point Stations)

  • Stream and Stream Bank Stability Assessment and Inventory


Gis needs

GIS Needs

  • Updated Land-Use/Land Cover Mapping and Base Maps for Project Area, and Intergrate Information from Pocono Watershed Assessment

  • Document Location and Description of Hazardous Sites (RCRA, LUST, UST, CERCLIS, TRI, RCRIS, NPDES, Large Volume Septic System, Spray Irrigation Systems etc) – Basins Database Outdated with Many Errors

  • Field Confirm Sampling Site Locations

  • Additional Corrections Needed to Available

    Public Datasets

  • Develop a Metadata Format and Acquire Metadata for Available Datasets


Paradise stream watershed assessment preliminary data gap evaluation

Paradise Creek Watershed


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Paradise Stream Watershed Assessment – Preliminary Data Gap Evaluation

Prepared by:

Mr. Brian Oram, PG, PASEO

Wilkes University, GeoEnvironmental Sciences and Engineering

http://www.wilkes.edu1-800-572-4444 ext 4619


Paradise stream watershed assessment preliminary data gap evaluation

Land-Use Data (Basins- 1983)


Paradise stream watershed assessment preliminary data gap evaluation

Land-Use Data (Basins- 1983)


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