Monitoring project moving along

Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine reported no abnormal findings for the Elk County Monitoring Project during Monday night's Elk County Conservation District meeting."I haven't found anything abnormal," Bonfardine said. "Each of the streams I have been looking at have different conductivity rates in them, but that's normal. I haven't discovered anything outrageous."Dr. Bruce Dickson of AGES, Inc. [Applied Geology and Environmental Science] is assisting Bonfardine in the project."Bruce has 25 years of experience working with stream monitoring," Bonfardine said. "He's very qualified to help lead this project."Bonfardine reported rotating the data loggers from Bear Creek, Little Mill Creek and Big Mill Creek to learn how to use the equipment and has found other locations to install the meters in other watersheds."I have been testing them out and getting used to the equipment," Bonfardine said. "As I got used to everything they got new software, so now I'm learning the new software."According to Bonfardine, there are three data loggers in streams and four are going to be installed on Friday. Before the new year, Bonfardine hopes to have three permanent stations installed. "I'm still shooting for it, I don't care if it's snowing, I want to get them out there," Bonfardine said.Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.