Water temperature is important for healthy aquatic communities.
In many ways, temperature affects whether or not plankton, bugs, fish, and other species can survive and thrive. For example, temperature affects the amount of dissolved oxygen present in the water, which fish need to live. Cooler water holds more dissolved oxygen; warmer water holds less. Weather patterns, shade, polluted runoff from surrounding land, and many other factors can affect water temperature for better or worse.
On Snapshot Water Monitoring Day, volunteers measure water temperatures across our watershed. While temperatures have fluctuated year to year, thankfully, they continue to fall within a normal, healthy range.
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