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Fall Creek Pond

Posted on February 15, 2012 by Brett L., 12th Grade

As you may have read in our last newsletter, a small group of Wildlands students have been working on a project involving the Fall Creek Pond. We are collecting water samples, running water quality tests, finding the inflow and outflow rates, making videos, and making an updated depth map of the pond. We have made quite a bit of progress since we started this project, but still have work to do.

We have been taking water samples and running water quality tests every couple of weeks
and have also been out mapping the depths of the pond. We've been testing the pond water for chlorophyll, nitrates, phosphorus, pH, and clarity.

Every time we collect water samples, we also find the temperature of the water and the dissolved oxygen levels. We should be done with the depth mapping part of the project after a couple more visits to the pond.

We now have footage of most of the water collection and tests we've done for this project. This winter we plan to take all of our footage and make videos on each and every kind of test we ran, so others can see what we did. When completed, these videos are going to be uploaded to YouTube for anyone and everyone to see.

The map will have the different depths color coded and will be very detailed. The mapping will help us to find the surfacearea and volume of the pond. This map can be compared to the previous map to see how the volume of the pond may have changed over the years. Our map will be printed for others to take and have if they'd like.

We've made lots of progress with our project since we started collecting water samples, running water quality tests, and getting depth readings on the Fall Creek Pond. We still have some things that need to be done and will continue working on them until they are completed. We are learning a lot about the pond from the water quality tests and will begin working on the map for the pond soon.

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