On April 29th, 2015, Renaissance went to Hard’Ack/Aldis Hill to study water quality. Students worked in small groups to collect field data, make observations on the biotic/abiotic habitat, and learn how scientists use technology to answer regional and local biogeochemical questions related to climate change and land use. Our favorite part was adding salt to the water, and seeing the results change drastically. Salt from our roads can have a negative impact on our water quality by increasing the conductivity of the water.
NEWRnet graduate students, Matt Vaughan and Ryan Sleeper, demonstrated how they use high-frequency sensors in local streams to measure various indicators of water quality including dissolved oxygen, conductivity, fluorescent dissolved organic matter, temperature, and turbidity. CWDD Research Technician, Janel Roberge, and Project Manager, Laura Yayac, helped students conduct habitat assessments in the nearby stream.
Director Lindsay Wieland, discussed EPSCoR research with students in the classroom, making connections between the local water quality issues in Saint Albans Bay with the research being done by NEWRnet scientists in the region. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion about careers in the sciences with NEWRnet researchers and CWDD staff.
Renaissance continues to work on the Hard'ack/Aldis Hill recreational trails to measure erosion and help design a trail system that filters some of the pollutants that have a clear path to the lake. We hiked a few trails, and learned proper trail etiquette.Here are some pictures from our trip.