Water Quality Lab

My lab group collecting samples in Ridley Township [Photo courtesy of Professor McGarity]

Last week was my first lab session for my Water Quality and Pollution Control class.  Our group retrieved and analyzed samples from an autosampling setup on a tributary to the Little Crum Creek.  It was good to be back in the Engineering Department Suburban for the first time this year.  It’s always an adventure having professors drive around in the Suburban (which is even older than my dad’s truck).  I also enjoyed feeling like I was back in a chemistry lab after a few years of heavily mechanical/electrical labs.  We analyzed the samples, which had been taken during a recent rain event, for total suspended solids, nitrates, and phosphates.  Professor McGarity’s work on local watershed issues is outlined here.