In early 2017, Union College Geology Department started a public outreach program (Union College Water Initiative, UCWI), spurred by drinking water quality problems in Flint, MI, Hoosic Falls, NY, and many other places. The program seeks to analyze carefully collected drinking water samples for lead, zinc, and copper. At present, the outreach is restricted to the Union College campus and nearby areas.
Antonio Campedelli, Matthew Cullen, and Anna Mahony
Use analytical methods and a variety of instruments to compare water samples from different rivers and creeks within the Capital Region and determine what is in Union College’s tap water.
Alexandra Temple, Devon Hennel, and Troy Hansen
Samples of water were collected from three different sites: Delanson Pond, Tap Water, and Saratoga Springs spring water. These samples were analyzed in an effort to determine the concentrations of inorganic ions and metals present in the samples. Goals: Analyze the water samples and compare their respective concentrations of barium, lead, calcium, chloride, and sodium.
Luis Angel, Thomas Andre, and Yifei Zhu
The Schoharie Creek runs from the Catskill Mountains to the Mohawk River. The Creek was first settled by the Dutch in 1710, but at that time it was called the Schoharie River1. The Bowman Creek runs into the Schoharie Creek in Duanesburg, New York. To see how Bowman Creek affects the Schoharie Creek’s water, the pH, alkalinity and various ion concentrations were recorded. The values for upstream of Bowman Creek (UBC), downstream of Bow- man Creek (DBC) and Bowman Creek (BC) were compared. These characteristics of the water affect the wildlife that live in the Schoharie Creek. The Creek sup- ports Brown Trout, and Smallmouth Bass. It also a drinking water source for many land animals. Therefore, the water from both of these Creeks were compared to tap water from Union College, which has to meet EPA regulations.
Elizabeth Altman, Brianna Cummings, and Hayden Paneth
The goal of this project was to quantify inorganic analytes in water from various sources in the Capital Region1. Specifically, we chose to investigate the differences in inorganic ion concentrations in samples from above- and underground natural water sources. Samples were obtained from Wilsey Creek, Delanson Pond, and the Saratoga Springs, the locations of which are labeled on the map below. Tap water was used to compare these natural water sources to a familiar source. Water sources investigated in this experiment: Saratoga Springs – obtained from downtown spring Wilsey Creek – obtained upstream from road crossing in Burtonville Delanson Pond – obtained from Delanson Farm pond Tap Water – obtained from sink in S&E building at Union College, Schenectady
Emily Andrews, Alexa Caruso, and Kelsey Masselli
To compare chemical composition and the ionic species of three different water samples using various analytical techniques. From these comparisons, determine the impact of pollution on each waterway
Kimberly A. O'Reilly and Elizabeth V. Whitney
The Hudson River Watershed consists of 11 major sub-watersheds, one of which is the Mohawk River (MKR).1 The Schoharie Creek (SCH) contributes 1,650 of the 4,086 river miles to the Mohawk River watershed, making it the largest contributor to the Mohawk. 2,3 The Cobleskill Creek (CBL), located in Schoharie County, flows in the east-northeast d irection to Schoharie Creek.4 The map shows how the bodies of water flow together to create a large watershed that provides active sites for recreational activities, such as fishing and swimming, across New York State. Since the Cobleskill Creek flows to the Schoharie Creek, which flows in to the Mohawk, the goal of this project is to assess common substances found in each of these rivers. The samples were analyzed to see whether or not these elements and compounds get carried from one body of water to the next due to their interconnected nature.
Fiona Fitzgerald, Margot O'Brien, and Thomas Gagliardi
The Schoharie River and Hans Groot’s Kill are both tributaries into the Mohawk River. Thus, it is likely that they all have similar chemical compositions. One-third of the volume of the Mohawk River is contributed by the Schoharie River, while Hans Groot’s Kill also feeds into the Mohawk River after passing through the residential homes of the “GE Plot” and Union College. Some chemicals are naturally occuring while others are introduced to the bodies of water via anthropogenic products.