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Fixed Station Monthly Monitoring

Fixed station monthly monitoring The fixed station monthly monitoring program consists of sites that have been sampled monthly or twice monthly since 1985. Sites are visited by our Research Vessel Kerhin and smaller boats, or accessed via road/ferry crossings. Water quality profiles are taken, as well as nutrient, sediment and chlorophyll samples. Virginia follows identical sampling protocols and full data results are available via the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Data Hub.

These data are the backbone of the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays management and restoration efforts. They are instrumental in determining the long-term trends and current status of water quality in the region. The data underlie products such as water quality report cards and barometers, as well as models that help to refine watershed management efforts.

Fixed station, monthly monitoring data is currently available for 89 stations. Charts for water temperature, salinity, pH, secchi depth (water clarity), and bottom dissolved oxygen depict the long-term monthly minimum, maximum and average results versus current monthly conditions.

Click here to view a downloadable table of Long Term Fixed Stations, with site coordinates.

Query for charts and a summary table of data below:

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2. Choose a parameter:

Bottom dissolved oxygen (mg/L)
Water temperature (°F)
Secchi depth (m)
Salinity (ppt)


Location: Bohemia River off Hack Point
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Coordinates (NAD83):
Latitude: 39.4668°, Longitude: - 75.8747°
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Description: This station is an oligohaline site (salinity 0.5 to 5 ppt) located in the Bohemia River.

2017 Surface Water Temperature

Surface Water Temperature (° F)

Surface Water Temperature (° F)
Upper Eastern Shore / Bohemia River (ET2.2)
Month Minimum Mean Maximum 2016 2017
January 32.54 38.69 45.68 34.70 39.74
February 32.00 37.86 42.80 37.58 37.94
March 37.22 45.53 57.56 53.78 45.68
April 45.86 56.40 66.74 51.62 62.06
May 59.36 68.16 79.16 60.98 63.14
June 70.70 78.66 87.26 76.82 82.22
July 79.52 83.52 90.32 Not Sampled 85.28
August 71.42 81.03 86.90 84.92 77.72
September 63.68 73.33 79.88 76.28 75.74
October 50.72 59.96 68.36 64.76 Not Sampled
November 37.76 48.42 56.12 51.26 Not Sampled
December 32.90 40.11 50.90 Not Sampled Not Sampled

NOTE: 'Not Sampled' can mean either the station was logistially unable to be sampled, or the data are still in the collection and processing phase. Results displayed are provisional and have not undergone full Quality Assurance procedures, and as such we cannot guarantee their accuracy at this time.