North River

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North River is located in the northernmost part of the Petitcodiac River watershed. The total watershed area of North River is 264 km2, and the predominant land use is agricultural, with a golf course within its drainage boundaries. These are likely the cause of increased nutrient and bacteria levels in the river during spring and early summer. The riparian zone along North River is well vegetated which helps to protect it from the effects of anthropogenic activity. The substrate of North River is characterized as rock and cobble with some sand and silt.

A tributary of the North River, Bennett Brook, drains approximately 44km2. A nearby salt spring that is rich in chlorides and sodium causes high salinity. This spring is of natural occurrence due to the underlying geology.

The Latest PWA Water Quality Data for the North River

Last sampled: June 15, 2016
Next sample: July 12, 2016

Site Name: North River @ Intervale Rd. in Havelock
Site Code: NR
Coordinates: 45.96141, -65.19879

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Parameter 16-Jun-16 15-May-16 15-Oct-16 15-Sep-16 15-Aug-16 15-Jul-16 15-Jun-16
E.coli (MPN/100ml) 980.4 24.3 36.4 >200.5 >200.5 >200.5 >200.5
Total Coliforms (MPN/100ml) >2419.6 920.8 200.5 >200.5 >200.5 >200.5 >200.5
Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L) 9.71 11.79 13.49 9.04 8.14 8.6 9.12
Temperature (°C) 11.1 12.3 3.7 16.2 25.7 21.3 15.7
pH 7.04 7.06 7.44 7.76 8.26 7.45 7.57
Specific Conductivity (uS/cm) 115.7 209.6 370.3 532.2 835 679 325.2
Nitrates (mg/L) 0.351 0.317 0.78 0.085 0.241 0.525 0.458
Phosphates (mg/L) 0.05 0.04 0.14 0.2 0.26 0.01 0.83
Salinity (ppt) 0.05 0.1 0.18 0.32 0.41 0.33 0.16
Total Dissolved Solids (mg/L) 75.4 136.5 240.5 316.1 546 442 211.25

Past PWA data can be found in our annual water quality reports, available under the Publications tab.
Definitions of the above parameters can be found in our Water Quality section.


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