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Rock Run Water Test Results For May

How’s that saying go? “Neither rain nor snow…”. The FTTU citizen scientists braved the rain, cold and wind to make their appointed rounds on Sunday May 1st. Monthly test results for the mouth of Rock Run were as follows:

• Air Temperature – 50° F
• Water Temperature – 48° F
• Linn Run Discharge – 13.9 ft.³/sec.
• Linn Run Gauge – 1.9 ft.
• pH – 7.7
• Alkalinity – 4.2

We also checked the contents of two leaf packs that were placed in Rock Run at the mouth in December. One of the packs had been washed away, but we counted 132 macroinvertebrates in the other. The majority of the sample was stoneflies and of those, the leaf eating roachlike stonefly was the most numerous. Also collected were net spinning caddis larva, a few mayflies, a crayfish, some sowbugs and a couple of cranefly larva.

The good news is that the stoneflies and mayflies are considered most sensitive to pollution so the fact that at least stoneflies are thriving in the stream is an indicator of good water quality.

Leaf Packs are leaves collected along the stream and placed into a net bag similar to what you might find potatoes or onions sold in at the grocery store. The pack is anchored to the stream bed and allowed to “soak” for a couple of months. The pack is then collected and sorted through to find what organisms have taken up residence there.

Stoneflies
Stonefly nymphs from Rock Run.
Crane Fly Larva
Large Cranefly Larva from Rock Run.
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Rock Run Water Tests for April

Watching pH Meters
FTTU Citizen Scientists keep a watchful eye on the pH meters meauring Rock Run water samples.

The testers braved opening day crowds to do water sampling on Rock Run. It was a beautiful but chilly spring day with air temps at 32°. Rock Run water temp was running at 39°.

pH came out at 7.65 and alkalinity readings were 5.0.

Linn Run gauge height was at 2.03 ft., and Rock Run was running medium/medium high and clear.

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Rock Run Water Tests March 2022

Rock Run March 2022
Mouth of Rock Run March 2, 2022

Air Temperature: 54° Farenheit
Water Temperature: 41° Farenheit
pH: 7.9
Alkalinity: 3.4
Linn Run Discharge: 24.3 ft³/sec
Linn Run Gauge: 2.08 ft.

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Rock Run Water Tests For February 2022

Mouth of Rock Run 2/6/22
The Mouth of Rock Run 2/6/22

Neither rain nor snow nor frigid winter temperatures will keep the FTTU citizen scientists from their appointed rounds! A beautiful winter morning greeted the testers at Linn Run State Park on February 6th. Water levels were up with recent rain and snow melt and the air temperature was a chilly 17°.

Air Temperature – 17° Fahrenheit
Water Temperature – 34° Fahrenheit
Linn Run Gauge – 2.24 ft.
Linn Run Flow – 33.3 ft³/sec
pH – 7.7
Alkalinity – 2.8

The idea here is to record monthly pH and alkalinity readings at the mouth of Rock Run to track the progress of the chapter’s acid mitigation project on this important Linn Run tributary. The limestone sand deposits are placed in the headwaters to treat the stream for acidity. If readings at the mouth are good, then it can be presumed that alkalinity and pH in the entire stream must be healthy. A goal would be to have alkalinity readings of 10 at the mouth. We haven’t reached that goal consistently yet. Higher flows typically bring alkalinity numbers down as we see in his month’s readings, but overall, alkalinity of the stream has improved since the project began.

 

 


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Rock Run Water Tests January 2022

Rock Run
Mouth of Rock Run January 2, 2022

Several days of rain brought the highest flows since January of 2021.

Air Temperature: 44° F
Water Temperature: 47° F
Linn Run Discharge: 48.9 Ft³/sec
Linn Run Gauge: 2.52 ft.
pH: 7.4
Alkalinity: 3.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Year End Rock Run Water Tests

Mouth of Rock Run
The Mouth of Rock Run 11-27-21

Icy temperatures and the first dusting of snow greeted the testers as the final water sampling at the mouth of Rock Run for 2021 was done on Saturday, November 27.

Air Temperature: 25° F
Water Temperature: 34.5°F
Linn Run Discharge: 7.95 ft³/sec
Linn Run Gauge: 1.76 ft.
pH: 7.7
Alkalinity: 7.8

The final averages for the year are 7.43 pH and 7.03 alkalinity. These are the best averages we’ve recorded since we began taking monthly readings in 2017.
2017-2018: pH-6.47, Alkalinity-5.9
2018-2019: pH-6.5, Alkalinity-6.1
2019: pH-6.5, Alkalinity-6.2
2020: pH-6.88, Alkalinity-5.92
2021: pH-7.43, Alkalinity-7.03

Plans are to add limestone to the headwaters in 2022.

Click Here Rock Run pH Chart 2021 for the complete 2021 chart.

 

 

 


 

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Rock Run Water Tests November 2021

Mouth of Rock Run
The Mouth of Rock Run 10.30.21

Here’s the results of water tests for November 2021 (taken October 30).

Air Temperature: 50° F
Water Temperature: 51º F
Linn Run Discharge: 16.0 ft³/sec
pH: 7.6
Alkalinity: 8.4

Good sign that alkalinity held up pretty well with recent rains and increased flow.

A kick-net survey was also done on the lower section of Rock Run. The survey scored a 28.4 which is in the fair range for a water quality score.

Click here pH Chart 2021 for a complete run down of 2021 water quality tests for Rock Run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Rock Run Water Tests – October 2021

Rock Run
Mouth of Rock Run 10-2-21

Mornings have turned chilly in the Laurel Highlands. Here’s the Rock Run Water test results for October 2, 2021.

Air Temperature: 54° F
Water Temperature: 53.5° F
Linn Run Discharge: 3.99
Linn Run Gauge: 1.55
pH: 7.55
Alkalinity: 9.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Rock Run Water Tests 8.28.21

Rock Run 8-28-21
Mouth of Rock Run 8-28-21

Good numbers from Rock Run this month. Even though recent storms raised the flow a little, alkalinity increased.

Air Temperature: 75° F
Water Temperature: 67.5° F
pH: 7.5
Alkalinity: 12.3
Linn Run Gauge: 1.44
Flow: Low and clear.

RR_pH Chart 2021

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Rock Run August Water Quality Tests

Mouth of Rock Run
Yes, there’s flowing water at the mouth of Rock Run.

Midsummer low flows greeted the testers. Rain, please!

Air Temperature: 61° F
Water Temperature: 62° F
Linn Run Discharge: 2.4
Linn Run Gauge Height: 1.32
pH: 7.5
Alkalinity: 11.7