Monday, June 18, 2007
Golden Eagle Eyrie (Boise Centre on the Grove)

Chlorinated pesticides and other water quality measurements at End Creek: an environmental stewardship project at Eastern Oregon University

Diana Lynn Taisacan, Yu-Hsiang Lee, Kyle Mitchell, and Anna Cavinato. Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

The chemistry department at Eastern Oregon University strives to engage students in projects of environmental nature that instill key values of sustainability and stewardship for the environment. Working with a local organization, the Grande Ronde Model Watershed (GRMWS), we are currently developing a water quality-monitoring database for End Creek, a straight and habitat-deficient local stream that is being transformed into a sinuous habitat-rich channel with access to its seasonal flood plane. Specifically, we have collected and analyzed water samples for parameters such as nitrate/nitrites, phosphates, and a limited number of heavy metals and organic compounds, including chlorinated pesticides. This poster will summarize the results of the analyses conducted at three different sampling sites.