Humans and aquatic creatures are both sensitive to pH.
pH is an important indicator of water quality because it tells us how acidic or basic the water is. When pH is too low or too high, it can affect whether or not organisms survive, thrive, and reproduce. For example, low pH levels allow heavy metals like copper and aluminum to dissolve in water, creating a toxic environment. Many factors can affect the pH of water, including temperature, runoff, air pollution, and algae blooms.
On Snapshot Water Monitoring Day, volunteers measure pH levels at sites across our watershed. Generally, pH levels continue to fall between 6.5 and 8.5, the ideal range for healthy freshwater life!
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