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Journals 2009/2010

Teresa Gable
Seneca Falls Middle School, Seneca Falls, NY

"Long-term Monitoring for Assessment of Salt Marsh Restoration"
August 9 - 21, 2009
Journal Index:
August 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15/16
           17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 21

August 17, 2009
Water Quality Monitoring

Today, I traveled with Bill Locke to Togus Pond which is located in Augusta, ME. It is a small, freshwater lake. We launched the boat from the Lake Association Boat Launch and traveled to the deepest part of the lake to gather water samples and data. The deepest part of the lake was about 42 feet deep.

Togus Pond is a small fresh water lake.

Alewives are not found in this pond yet. The researchers are studying this lake to collect data before alewives are introduced and a fish ladder is possibly constructed.

We collected zooplankton with a large zooplankton net. We took samples from three different vertical tows and concentrated the zooplankton in specimen jars. The zooplankton will be analyzed in the lab.

This is a picture of a zooplankton net used to collect a sample.

Also, we collected 4 liters of water one meter from the surface. The water was stored in dark containers and will be analyzed for the amount of chlorophyll-a. Phytoplankton are photosynthetic microscopic organisms that contain chlorophyll-a. The amount of chlorophyll-a present will be an indicator of the amount of phytoplankton present. Phytoplankton are important because they are eaten by zooplankton and alewives eat the zooplankton.

Here is Bill collecting a water sample.

The last task we performed was taking a temperature and dissolved oxygen profile of the sampling site. We measured the temperature and the percentage of dissolve oxygen at different depths using a probe.