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Sensor gives real-time stats on Cuyahoga River quality

3:24 PM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Now it's easier than ever to get information about the water quality in northeast Ohio's Cuyahoga River.

The U.S. Geological Survey has installed a sensor in the river in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It provides real-time data on water quality in the river, which runs into Lake Erie in Cleveland.

A computer uses the data to forecast bacteria levels and water-quality conditions, and the stats are posted online every morning.

Park officials said visitors should still be careful with Cuyahoga River water because storm water discharge and sewer overflows from urban areas upstream can result in higher bacteria levels.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the geological survey also has sensors at Huntington Beach in Bay Village and Edgewater Park in Cleveland, but they're not automated.

Associated Press

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