Biscayne National Park Water Quality

The National Park Service has been gathering water quality data in Biscayne National Park via continuous recording remote sensing systems since 1990. This data, collected at 6 locations with datasondes measured specific conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, turbidity, and tide height. In 1997, 12 additional datasonde locations were added to support a contract with the Corps of Engineers for data collection for development of a computerized circulation model for Biscayne Bay. The purpose of sampling water variables is to increase understanding of the Biscayne National Park/Biscayne Bay hydrological system. This information helps to provide reliable data for decision and policy making in water resource management. The annual plots for water quality monitoring give an overall trend for the year showing seasonal highs and lows based primarily on natural factors such as weather patterns, temperature fluctuations, and overland flow rates, mainly influenced by hurricane season and rainy season. The nearshore environment is most affected by surface runoff from nearby land and drainage canals.

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November's Featured Park
The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
November's Animal
Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.