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April 17, 2014

Smart river = James River

As part of the “Mountains to the Sea” partnership among VCU, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Randolph-Macon College and Washington & Lee University, exciting developments are happening.

Each of the three schools involved is hiring a student intern, who will be working with researchers from VCU and the USGS this summer. They will be using new, cutting-edge water quality sensors, acoustic receivers and satellite telemetry equipment being installed at Weyanoke on the James River to monitor the hydrology, water quality and migratory fish movements within the river. The instruments will work in concert with existing equipment to provide real-time estimates of the amount of nutrients, specifically nitrogen, that move through the James River each year.

The hydrology and water quality data will significantly aid ongoing studies by Dr. Paul Bukaveckas on nutrient and algal dynamics in the river. Data generated by VCU’s acoustic receivers will support recovery efforts for the endangered Atlantic sturgeon and related research initiatives.

This project is generously funded by MeadWestvaco, Dominion, NOAA and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.