The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is launching a new partnership with its partners to develop the Great Lakes to Gulf Virtual Observatory Initiative. The main purpose is to develop high-quality data that will inform future management of the Mississippi River watershed.
A National Research Council report emphasizes the need for more comprehensive river system monitoring, more effective data to knowledge approaches, the development of water quality indicators and standards, and policy development and implementation. John Chick, an Aquatic Ecologist with NGRREC, says 24-hour monitoring is more feasible with this new technology.
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Ultimately, NGRREC is committed to creating a network of these water quality platforms, starting with the Mississippi River and expanding to other great rivers throughout the United States and then the world, called the Great Rivers Ecological Observatory Network (GREON). The first one was placed in Ellis Bay in may of 2013.