From left: Kevin Slattery, Wes Henson and Dave Evans, all with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project, tow a buoy to its deployment site on Carlyle Lake.
From Illinois Business Journal news services
The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center has deployed its seventh buoy in the Great Rivers Ecological Observatory Network, this one on Carlyle Lake.
The deployment was made possible with the collaboration of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project Office.
The rivers research center, based along the Mississippi River at East Alton, is a partnership of Lewis and Clark Community College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The buoy in place at Carlyle Lake will house water quality and weather monitoring equipment and is part of a larger network of scientific water quality monitoring buoys being deployed throughout the Upper Mississippi River basin.
The Lake Carlyle buoy will help identify climatic and water quality conditions that cause periodic algal blooms in the lake. A partnership between NGRREC, the Corps and Saint Louis University biogeochemist Lisa Chambers make the research efforts possible.
The buoy will be in place through the summer and fall, but will be removed before the first hard freeze. During that time, it will continuously monitor a suite of water quality parameters including dissolved oxygen, temperature, water clarity, phytoplankton abundance, dissolved organic matter and nitrate concentration. Those are considered important variables that are directly linked to the habitat quality of aquatic species.
Data from the station will be available online at NGRREC’s Great Lakes to Gulf Observatory, gltg.ncsa.illinois.edu.