Chemistry students are researching Yellow Springs ecosystem and catching up with runaway-runoff
Dr. Audrey McGowin
Students in WSU associate professor of Chemistry, Audrey McGowin's Advanced Environmental Chemistry and Analysis class are featured in recent issues of the Yellow Springs News and "In the Glen", a Glen Helen Ecology Institute newsletter. The students have been conducting environmental testing in Yellow Springs and Glen Helen. Students measured dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, E. coli and coliform bacteria (from feces), fertilizers (nitrate and phosphate), and toxic metals.
Students presented a poster with their results of their research. Their findings demonstrated that the water from the spring was not contaminated, but surface water in Yellow Spring Creek and Birch Creek was contaminated with E. Coli and Coliform bacteria. This suggests that animal waste contributes to problems with water quality.
You can read more in the Glen Helen Ecology Institute's newsletter here.