The Allegheny River Basin is a primary tributary of the Ohio River along with the Monongahela River. The two converge in downtown Pittsburgh, PA to form the Ohio River. The Allegheny River itself is approximately 325 miles long has a drainage area of 11, 600 square miles.
Northern Allegheny River QUEST Region – The Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited (PA)
Program Manager – Dr. Bruce Dickson, Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited (PA)
The Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited is responsible for bi-weekly monitoring and reporting water quality data for 11 sites in the Northern Allegheny River Region, which includes the following Sub Basins:
Upper Allegheny – 2,560 sq. miles in Pennsylvania and New York
Conewango – 888 sq. miles in Pennsylvania and New York
French – 1210 sq. miles in Pennsylvania and New York
Middle Allegheny- Tionesta – 1670 sq. miles in Pennsylvania and New York
Clarion – 1230 sq. miles in Pennsylvania
Southern Allegheny River QUEST Region – Duquesne University (Center for Environmental Research and Education)
Program Manager – Dr. John Stolz, Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education at Duquesne University
Duquense University’s Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE) is responsible for the bi-weekly monitoring and reporting of 17 sites in the Southern Allegheny River Region, which includes the following Sub Basins:
Middle Allegheny – Redbank – 1680 sq. miles Pennsylvania
Kiskiminetas – 500 sq. miles in Pennsylvania
Conemaugh – 1350 sq. miles in Pennsylvania
The upper concentration limit (UCL), lower concentration limit (LCL), and mean levels of sulfate in the mainstem streams of the Allegheny River are displayed in the graphs below. The first graph measures sulfate output in miligrams per liter, while the second graph calculates the sulfate tons per day (tpd).
Sulfate is a salt consisting of one sulfur atom and four oxygen atoms with an oxidation number of -2. Sulfate is naturally occurring in almost all water bodies. It usually comes from oxidation of sulfite ores, dissolution of sulfate minerals, shale, and industrial wastes. High concentrations of dissolved sulfate may give water an unpleasant taste and may be corrosive to plumbing. It may also have health effects including nausea and diarrhea.
The charts below are an example of the reporting features within the 3RQ database. Within several clicks, helpful graphs and summary charts allow users to see their data visually, as well as a list of averages, min, max, etc., without spending valuable time manipulating spreadsheets. Moreover, these reports can be shared easily in a variety of formats, such as pdfs, excel spreadsheets, and word documents.