‘Gatorbyte’ to Detect Water Quality Less Expensively (Growing America)

‘Gatorbyte’ to Detect Water Quality Less Expensively

A water-quality buoy called ‘GatorByte” might help resource managers monitor water quality over space and time – all for as little as $1,500.

Eban Bean, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering (ABE), is working on developing the device with Piyush Agade, a doctoral student in ABE.

“We can put these devices into the top of a watershed and allow stormwater flow to carry the GatorByte buoys downstream and essentially map the water quality in an urban watershed,” Bean said. “At the end of the storm, we can then go to the bottom of the watershed and pick up those units again for the next deployment.”

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