Ohio River research underway at TMC Biology Field Station to determine amount of harmful algae in water

Read the full story in the North Kentucky Tribune.

At the Thomas More College Ohio River Biology Field Station, on the banks of the Ohio River near California, Kentucky, a strange looking contraption with a solar panel is attached to a tall pole.

It’s part of an important project to protect the drinking water source for the Greater Cincinnati community.

Similar systems are being deployed elsewhere in the Ohio River watershed.

The installation includes a wireless camera, powered by the solar panel and a rechargeable battery.  The camera snaps a photo every hour and transmits it to the Field Station’s website.

Based on the pixels in the photo, an application developed by Dr. Mike Waters, a TMC alumnus and an NKU Mathematics professor, determines the ratio of green to blue-green algae in the water.

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