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DDWS seeking to fund new water research equipment

By Staff | Oct 2, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED DDWS hopes to replace and update equipment to test water quality at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge would like to support the replacement and updating of the refuge water-quality research equipment for ongoing studies at the refuge.

In-water instruments known as sondes measure various factors that help refuge biologists determine the health of the water via logger systems. The current logger systems have become obsolete and will no longer be supported by the refuge’s current server at the end of the year.

DDWS also wants to support updating the loggers, which will connect to a 4G network and send data to a new, cloud-based application that refuge staff can all access in real time.

“We then report that data each week to the Army Corp of Engineers and South Florida Water Management District with a weekly report that is written in collaboration with the city of Sanibel, Lee County, SCCF and Fort Myers Beach,” Senior Refuge Biologist Jeremy Conrad said.

To support water-quality research at the refuge through the purchase of the equipment, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org/donation.