Students Test the Waters Around Us and For Us | Waterfront Alliance

As the waterways of New York and New Jersey grow busier, more people are signing up to monitor the water, measure its health, and learn how water quality can be improved for all creatures who live, work, or play in or near the water. Many of these researchers are students. At the beginning of the 2015 summer season, Sam Wagner, a senior at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, was put in charge of the Newtown Creek Alliance’s summer water monitoring program. Four days a week he measures temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen (DO) at 10 different sites, seven on the main channel and three along the Dutch Kills tributary. “I have noticed a few things,” he said. “The seven sites along the main channel of the creek seem to be somewhat consistent in regards to DO, usually with readings between 3-6 mg/L. The three sites along the Dutch Kills tributary fluctuate wildly; I’ve seen the dissolved oxygen jump from 0.28 mg/L to over 12…

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