A nearby creek that runs through campus is also part of the field facility. Monitoring equipment was set up at a location on the creek to determine the connection between surface and ground water at the site. Stream discharge is monitored using a small weir, pressure transducer, and rating curves. An autosampler is used to sample stream water for chemical analysis and a piezometer nest was installed on the stream bank to help determine ground water input to the creek.
The university owns property near campus with a 65 acre lake, and at this location water samples are taken from different depths, students have constructed bathymetric maps using a depth sounder and GPS, and grab samples of bottom sediment are collects. Purchase of a sediment corer is planned for the near future.
The facilities are used by students in introductory environmental science, research methods in environmental science, hydrogeology, non-majors science classes, and by visiting primary and secondary school students on a regular basis. The key to developing a facility of this type on a modest budget is to start small yet choose equipment that will ensure flexibility for future expansion.