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Continuous Instream Monitoring (CIM) Reports

Continuous Instream Monitoring

Streams, rivers and lakes are dynamic systems that often require monitoring on a frequent basis to better understand the larger picture of water quality. As a result, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water Quality Standards uses deployable instream monitors that collect data up to every 15 minutes. DEP commonly configures instream monitors to measure four parameters: water temperature, specific conductance, pH and dissolved oxygen. Monitors can also be configured to measure additional stream properties such as turbidity and water depth. Deployments are usually for one year, but may be shortened in order to capture time periods of specific interest. For example, during the summer, dissolved oxygen can become critically low compared to other times of the year.

Why measure continuously?

Continuous data are valuable for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, characterizing baseline stream conditions, describing seasonal and diel (24 hour period) fluctuations, and documenting potential violations of water quality criteria. Continuous data can also be used in conjunction with other measurements to estimate loading or establish continuous data for parameters that are difficult to collect frequently. Most importantly, operation of a continuous water quality monitor produces a record that can be processed and reported to the public. Sensors that are used to measure water quality require meticulous field observation, cleaning, and calibration procedures. Additionally, the data require correction, grading, and final approval.

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County Stream Name Tributary to Report
Bucks Cooks Creek Delaware River Report (PDF)
Bucks Tohickon Creek Delaware River Report (PDF)
Elk South Branch Tionesta Creek Tionesta Creek Report (PDF)
Greene Dunkard Creek Monogahela River Report (PDF)
Indiana Blacklick Creek Ohio River Report (PDF)
Juniata Tuscarora Creek Juniata River Report (PDF)
Lehigh / Northampton Saucon Creek Lehigh River Report (PDF)
Lycoming Wallis Run Loyalsock Creek Report (PDF)
Lycoming and Sullivan Loyalsock Creek West Branch Susquehanna River Report (PDF)
McKean East Branch Clarion River and Gum Boot Run Clarion River Report (PDF)
McKean Glad Run South Branch Kinzua Creek Report (PDF)
Mifflin Jacks Creek Juniata River Report (PDF)
Mifflin Kishacoquillas Creek Juniata River Report (PDF)
Montgomery Skippack Creek at Ridge Pike Perkiomen Creek Report (PDF)
Montgomery Skippack Creek at RT 63 Perkiomen Creek Report (PDF)
Montgomery Towamencin Creek Skippack Creek Report (PDF)
Perry Buffalo Creek Juniata River Report (PDF)
Perry Raccoon Creek Juniata River Report (PDF)
Potter Horton Run East Fork Sinnemahoning Creek Report (PDF)
Potter Little Kettle Creek Kettle Creek Report (PDF)
Sullivan Conklin Run Lake Mokoma Report (PDF)
Sullivan Deep Hollow Lake Wood Report (PDF)
Sullivan Doe Run Lake Mokoma Report (PDF)
Sullivan Mill Creek Lake Mokoma Report (PDF)
Tioga Asaph Run Marsh Creek Report (PDF)
Tioga Canada Run Marsh Creek Report (PDF)
Tioga Straight Run Marsh Creek Report (PDF)
Warren Browns Run Allegheny River Report (PDF)