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Week of October 25 – 31

Water Column Profiles

Water column profiles were measured at eight locations in the Providence and Seekonk Rivers on October 28, 2020. There was 0.20 inches of total rainfall recorded on the day of sampling, with no rainfall recorded in the three days prior. Water column profiles across all sites exhibited relatively well-mixed conditions.

Surface salinities were highest at Pomham Rocks (30 psu), and lowest at Phillipsdale Landing (26 psu). The highest bottom salinity (31 psu) was observed four locations: Bullock Reach Buoy, Conimicut Point, Point Street Bridge, and Pomham Rocks. Bottom salinity was lowest at Pawtuxet Cove and Phillipsdale Landing (29 psu). The warmest waters overall were observed at Point Street Bridge, from 18.9°C at the surface to 16.7°C at the bottom.  The coolest surface waters (15.0°C) were observed at Conimicut Point, while the coolest bottom waters (16.3°C) were observed at three locations: Bullock Reach Buoy, Conimicut Point, and Pawtuxet Cove.

This week, hypoxic conditions (e.g., dissolved oxygen [DO] concentrations <2.9 mg/L) were not observed at any of the sites. Surface and bottom DO ranged from 5 to 8 mg/L across all sites. Please note that due to a quality control issue, numerical fluorescence data are not posted at this time.

Week of October 18 – 24

Water Column Profiles

​Water column profiles were measured at eight locations in the Providence and Seekonk Rivers on October 21, 2020. In the three days prior to sampling, 0.26 inches of total rainfall was recorded. Most sites exhibited well-mixed conditions, though moderate salinity stratification was evident at Phillipsdale Landing and Pawtuxet Cove.

Surface salinities were highest at Pomham Rocks (27 psu), and lowest at Pawtuxet Cove (9 psu). The highest bottom salinity (31 psu) was observed at Conimicut Point, while the lowest (26 psu) was observed at Edgewood Yacht Club. Surface water temperatures were warmest at Edgewood Shoal and India Point Park (17.4°C), with the coolest surface temperatures observed at Phillipsdale Landing (16.3°C). Phillipsdale Landing exhibited the warmest bottom waters (16.8°C), while the coolest bottom waters were observed at Bullock Reach Buoy and Pomham Rocks (16.3°C).

This week, hypoxic conditions (e.g., dissolved oxygen [DO] concentrations <2.9 mg/L) were not observed at any of the sites.  Surface and bottom DO ranged from 4 to 9 mg/L across all sites. Please note that due to a quality control issue, numerical fluorescence data are not posted at this time.

Week of October 11 – 17

Water Column Profiles

​Water column profiles were measured at eight locations in the Providence and Seekonk Rivers on October 15, 2020. In the three days prior to sampling 1.11 inches of total rainfall was recorded.  Most sites exhibited a well-mixed water column, though moderate salinity stratification was evident at Phillipsdale Landing. 

Surface salinities were highest at Bullock Reach and Conimicut Point (30 psu), and lowest at Pawtuxet Cove (15 psu). The highest bottom salinity (31 psu) was observed at Pomham Rocks and Conimicut Point, while the lowest (28 psu) was observed at Phillipsdale Landing. The warmest waters overall were observed at Point Street Bridge, from 20.2°C at the surface to 20.1°C at the bottom.  The coolest surface waters (16.3°C) were observed at Conimicut Point, while the coolest bottom waters (16.6°C) were observed at Bullock Reach.

This week, hypoxic conditions (e.g., dissolved oxygen [DO] concentrations <2.9 mg/L) were not observed at any of the sites.  Surface and bottom DO ranged from 4 to 9 mg/L across all sites. Please note that due to a quality control issue, numerical fluorescence data are not posted at this time.

Week of October 4 – 10

Water Column Profiles

​Water column profiles were measured at six locations in the Providence River on October 7, 2020. In the three days prior to sampling 0.34 inches of total rainfall was recorded, with water column profiles at all sites exhibiting relatively well-mixed conditions. 

Surface and bottom salinities were highest at Conimicut Point and Bullock Reach Buoy, with both sites ranging from 30 PSU at the surface to 31 PSU in the bottom waters.  The lowest surface salinity (28 PSU) was observed at three locations: Pomham Rocks, India Point Park, and Pawtuxet Cove. The lowest bottom salinity (29 PSU) was observed at four locations: Pomham Rocks, India Point Park, Edgewood Yacht Club, and Pawtuxet Cove. The warmest waters were observed at India Point Park, ranging from 20.1°C at the surface to 19.7°C in the bottom waters. The coolest waters were observed at Conimicut Point, ranging from 18.4°C at the surface to 18.8°C at the bottom.

This week, hypoxic conditions (e.g., dissolved oxygen [DO] concentrations <2.9 mg/L) were not observed at any of the sites.  Surface and bottom DO ranged from 5 to 7 mg/L across all sites. Please note that due to a quality control issue, numerical fluorescence data are not posted at this time.

Week of September 27 – October 3

Water Column Profiles

​Water column profiles were measured at eight sites in the Providence and Seekonk River on October 1, 2020. It was moderately wet in the three days prior to sampling, with 0.59 inches of recorded rainfall. There is evidence that salinity stratification was observed at Phillipsdale Landing, while the remaining sites exhibited moderately well-mixed conditions.

Surface and bottom salinities were highest at Conimicut Point and Bullock Reach Buoy, with both sites ranging from 30 PSU at the surface to 31 PSU in the bottom waters. The lowest surface salinity (19 PSU) was seen at Phillipsdale Landing, while the lowest bottom salinity (26 PSU) was observed at both Phillipsdale Landing and Pawtuxet Cove.  Surface waters were warmest at Point Street Bridge (21.9°C) while the warmest bottom waters (20.8°C) were observed at both Phillipsdale Landing and Pawtuxet Cove.  The coolest waters were observed at Conimicut Point, ranging from 19.5°C at the surface to 19.3°C at the bottom.

This week, hypoxic conditions (dissolved oxygen (DO) concentrations <2.9 mg/L) were only observed in the bottom waters of Pawtuxet Cove. Surface and bottom DO ranged from 2.2 mg/L to 10.7 mg/L across all sites. Please note that due to a quality control issue, numerical fluorescence data are not posted at this time.

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