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Tips & Pointers

How-To Videos for River Monitoring

Need some guidance on how to install and maintain an EnviroDIY Mayfly Sensor Station? We’ve created new videos that will take you through the 10 steps of collecting quality water monitoring data. The following videos are a great companion to the EnviroDIY Mayfly Sensor Station Manual.

Installing an EnviroDIY Mayfly Sensor Station

1. Choose a location & initial steps

2. Prepare the logger

3. Mount the logger box on pole

4. Deploy sensors and run cables

5. Attach the solar panel

6. Installing a staff gauge

Maintaining a Sensor Station

Now that your collecting water quality data, you’ll need to keep your sensors clean and verify their measurements. Here’s how.

7. Sensor maintenance

8. Quality control

Downloading Data

Depending on how you built your EnviroDIY Mayfly Sensor Station, you might need to use the microSD card to transfer data to your computer every few weeks when your maintaining your sensor and checking measurement quality.

9. Download sensor station data

Measuring Discharge

Want to take your water monitoring to the next level? Discharge measurements are a very useful complement to your sensor station and staff gauge measurements. Ultimately, you’ll want to use these discharge measurements to predict river discharge continuously by using a rating curve that links water level to discharge.

10. Discharge measurement (the low-cost way!)

11. Discharge rating curves (you’ll need to download the Discharge Rating Curve Calculator)

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this video tutorial blog! In the meantime, check out other EnviroDIY videos and the Stroud Center’s YouTube channel playlist of EnviroDIY Sensor Station videos.

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