From 2006– 2015, A.I.S. Inc. (AIS) was contracted by multiple companies to complete fishery and water quality field-sampling for the Taunton River Desalination Plant. The plant, located in Dighton, Massachusetts, 14 miles upstream from the mouth of the Taunton River, has the capacity to supply five million gallons of potable water per day.
Biological Science Technicians, with experience working on small boats and knowledge of brackish water fish species, deployed sampling equipment and assisted clients with completion of two main components of the survey. The first included a detailed baseline monitoring program targeting the collection of icthyoplankton and finfish. Under the direction of a field leader, the staff completed in-river work aboard a 19-foot Carolina skiff and water quality and icthyoplankton plankton sampling inside the plant. Typical sampling included the deployment of a plankton trawl, seine, and collection of water quality measurements (turbidity, salinity, dissolved oxygen, temperature, conductivity, PH) using a YSI meter. Work inside the plant involved icthyoplankton sampling at various locations.