Water Quality & Ecology

KISTERS' water quality application is uniquely designed for more comprehensive analysis and scientifically-supported decisions. Extensive meta data management to meet rigorous quality assurance project plan QAPP requirements. Bridging separate data systems provides a holistic approach to managing your water system.

If your focus on water quality is eliminating or mitigating point and non-point sources of pollution, this discrete water information system also enables you to efficiently submit reports to the U.S. EPA's Water Quality Exchange (WQX).

An increasing number of environmental agencies and water authorities have outgrown spreadsheets and legacy systems -- putting KISTERS' scaleable architecture to work and aiming for long-term sustainability of water quantity and quality.

Benefits

  • Easily import, validate and secure sample data with QA/QC rules and visualization tools
    Save time and spare data managers the headaches of tedious work that technology can handle. Enjoy greater data security as data users are assigned specific access privileges and changes tracked in audit trails.

  • Conveniently correlate all WQ & water data with lab results traditionally stored in LIMS
    More significant than the volume of data is the value of water quality data -- whether spot samples are collected manually and/or automatically. Allowing managers to display and investigate relationships between data sets is crucial. Audit existing practices via meta-data trends on container specifications, sample storage times, and temperatures at which samples are shipped to labs, in order to improve workflow.

  • Integrate discrete data from biomonitoring and BMI sampling with continuous time series data
    As you bring together previously isolated information, more streamline management of the data is essential. Graphs, charts, box plots, maps and more options readily reveal patterns in monitoring information. Visualizing data can help to overcome implicit biases, verify intuitions, and add confidence to decisions. Design more integrative management programs that protect and restore watersheds and ecosystems your community appreciates.

  • Educate & enlist the public in water quality monitoring programs
    Share data from hydrologists, biologists and aquatic ecologists across an organization, or with external researchers, conservancy groups and the public to raise awareness about the importance of water quality. KISTERS' web services and APIs create additional visualization options to inform and assure the public of the safety of drinking water sources and/or recreational areas.

Clients in the News

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA), Ontario

"Human Body Weight of De-icing Salt in Urban Stormwater Run-off." WEAO Influents Magazine

Long-term data indicates ongoing rise of harmful levels of salt in region's watershed. Initially mussels, frogs, and fish are affected in the watershed. Road salt leached into groundwater has shut down some production wells due to contamination. Traditionally LSRCA has focused on phosphorus loading, which has been reduced over time. The research done around salt and surface water is very practical and management-oriented. Pilot studies and development of new processes are shared with rural and smaller municipalities. Meanwhile LSRCA offers training for de-icing contractors.