UNL Water Quality Survey

East Verdigre Creek above Grove Lake Photo courtesy of Eric Einspahr

East Verdigre Creek above Grove Lake
Photo courtesy of Eric Einspahr

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and GC Resolve are facilitating a water quality survey in Nebraska, asking volunteers who drink out of rural residential wells, or live near rivers, streams, tributaries, lakes and ponds to test their water throughout 2019. Volunteers are needed in the following counties: Burt, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Butler, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Lancaster, Madison, Platte, Polk, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, Stanton, Thurston, Wayne and Washington. Volunteers are provided all supplies, and the testing takes less than one minute. The first testing period runs April 29th-May 20th. Become a citizen scientist!

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Good water quality is important to the health of the public. In communities surrounded by agriculture, there is potential for contamination of water resources by manure and fertilizer application. Nitrates and phosphates are plant nutrients needed for improved growth, but excesses of these nutrients cause adverse impacts on water resources. Excess plant nutrients also pose a health risk to those who depend on these water resources. The goal of our program is to measure levels of plant nutrients present in well water, rivers and streams within the Elkhorn and Lower Platte River basins using rapid test strips. The reason we are testing private wells on farms is to give an opportunity to farm families to improve their health by identifying potential contamination of drinking water supplies by excess nutrients.