ORCA Ocean Research and Conservation Association
 
 
The newest members of the ORCA Kilroy army being prepared for deployment


KILROY IS HERE!

Water monitoring is important because all animals and plants that live in water have a set of preferred conditions including things like temperature, salinity and oxygen levels, in which they need in order to thrive. If the preferred conditions or ranges are not right, they may get sick or even die.

The problems facing most waterways are complex and vary greatly from region to region. Monitoring water provides important information on the assaults facing waterways so they can be eliminated and nature can be restored. More importantly, having monitoring devices in place can serve as insurance that future assaults will be stopped or eliminated before they can do harm.



What is the ORCA Kilroy™?
Kilroy™ is a water-quality monitor unlike any other. Hardly larger than a football, at a fraction of the cost of other sensors, Kilroy™ nimbly monitors the water's speed, direction, temperature, depth and has the ability to work with other manufacturer's instruments. It does so, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, monitoring the vital signs of our living waters.

Why do we need Kilroy?
Simply put, our oceans are in deep trouble. We have waters erupting in toxic blooms of algae, red tides bringing outbreaks of paralytic shellfish poisonings, and masses of fish washing up dead on shore. We have seals turning up with fungal infections, sea turtles covered in tumors, dolphins falling sick from mercury poisoning and we have lifeless waters called dead zones, spreading wider every year.

How does the ORCA Kilroy help?
Kilroy lets us monitor the physical, chemical and biological indicators of health in a particular body of water. More importantly, when we find signs of trouble, we can track them to their source, both in space and time. Until now, enforcement of pollution laws has been near impossible. We haven’t had the evidence to show who is polluting. Kilroy’s steady, reliable stream of affordable information will empower citizens, communities and their lawmakers alike to identify the source of water pollution and then work to stop it.

How does it do that?
Kilroy™ reads the water. Fluid though it appears, water flows in packets—packets that can be identified by their temperature, salinity, speed, direction—as well as other parameters. These packets of water have a tendency to either pick-up, carry, or drop payloads of sediments, nutrients, and pollutants. And when they do, Kilroy™ is there.

These payloads tend to pool in certain places called sinks. Yet for every sink, there is, of course, a source. And once again, Kilroy™ is there. Kilroy™ is designed to work in vast networks transmitting these vital signs over hundreds of miles of ocean. When bad things happen out there, Kilroy™ immediately tells us here, the 'who-what-when-and-where'. And with that knowledge comes the 'how,' toward healing the wounds. View Technical Info


How did Kilroy get it's name?
Kilroy, as you may remember, was also a WWII legend, appearing as a cartoon character mysteriously scrawled here and there. Everywhere you went, “Kilroy was here." We at ORCA developed this device with the hope that it will soon become as ubiquitous, yet inconspicuous, as Kilroy was. We envision one day hanging our sign above a nation of revitalized and vibrant waters, proudly declaring, ‘Kilroy is here.’

 
Tony Cimaglia readies Kilroy for testing
 



 

ORCA IS DEDICATED TO THE PROTECTION & RESTORATION OF AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS &
THE SPECIES THEY SUSTAIN THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
& SCIENCE BASED CONSERVATION ACTION.
PLEASE HELP SUPPORT OUR MISSION.




INNOVATION IN ACTION


"ORCA’s Kilroy is
brilliant. The whole concept of a low-cost monitoring network is critical for understanding the ocean so we can better protect it.
- Sylvia Earle, Ph.D.
National Geographic
Explorer-in-Residence


EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS

MAKING WATER POLLUTION VISIBLE

SINKS, SOURCES & KILROY

KILROY REACTS TO STORM EVENT