Grand Valley researchers are working this summer with local municipalities to refine a Grand River water quality index.
Peter Wampler, professor of geology, and students Allie Romanski, Madeline Lang and Janelle Cook are involved with efforts to sample and map water quality in the Grand River.
They intend to use the data collected from different locations and under different flow conditions to create what is essentially a report card for the river, Wampler said. The project, which is being done in conjunction with the Making Waves Initiative, has goals that include:
- Determining which water quality parameters correlate with healthy river conditions based on biological indicators
- Developing a water quality index that is unique to the Grand River through use of water chemistry and biological indicator data
- Using the newly developed index to identify essential changes to improve Grand River health