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Fact Sheet 2013–3079

Prepared in cooperation with the South Florida Water Management District

Is a Salinity Monitoring Network “Worth Its Salt”?

By Scott T. Prinos

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Saltwater intrusion threatens the water supplies of many coastal communities. Management of these water supplies requires well-designed and properly maintained and operated salinity monitoring networks. Long-standing deficiencies identified in a salinity monitoring network in southwest Florida during a 2013 study (Prinos, 2013) help to illustrate the types of problems that can occur in aging and poorly maintained networks. This cooperative U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) study also describes improvements that can be implemented to overcome these deficiencies.

First posted September 25, 2013

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Suggested citation:

Prinos, S.T., 2013,  Is a salinity monitoring network "Worth its salt"?: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3079, 2 p., https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2013/3079/.



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