NRWA Monitors Report Low Stream Levels
Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) water monitors reported river and stream levels as low or very low in late July. Low flows have left the edges of streambeds exposed. Lack of rain is always a concern for both stream and groundwater levels. Dry streambeds or trickles of water where cool flowing water should run are not good for fish and the creatures they eat. According to USDA statistics, 80 percent or more of the topsoil was rated short or very short of moisture in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts. (USGS Drought Monitor July 24th, 2012) While low flows are hard on aquatic life, exposed banks provide a great opportunity to observe wildlife tracks! Otter, beaver, and deer are just a few of the animals that depend on rivers and streams for water and habitat and, while we may not catch a glimpse of them, tracks are a delightful sign that they are out there! More than 30 volunteers have been collecting samples and reporting observations each month at 42 sites on Nashua River and its tributaries. NRWA water monitors are enthusiastic stewards of our waterways, keeping an eye out for the good (clear water with fish), the bad (aquatic invasives) and the ugly (trash). Funding for the 2012 monitoring season has been provided in part by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. If you would like to become an NRWA water monitor, you can always join a team or be a back-up. Contact Kathryn Nelson, NRWA Water Monitoring Coordinator, at KathrynN@ NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Be sure to check out the NRWA's River Report Card under "What We Do" on our new website at www. NashuaRiverWatershed.org.