Water Quality Workshop Field Trip

Nature Cruise on Narragansett Bay Exploring Water Quality
Directly after the Workshop on Sunday June 28th from 12:00-3:00pm participants of the workshop will have the opportunity to take a field trip on beautiful Narragansett Bay, offered by Save the Bay’s nature cruise (savebay.org).

Water pollution harms Narragansett Bay's waters and marine life, and the people who depend on it for their livelihood and quality of life.  The major sources of pollution are wastewater treatment plants, cesspools and septic systems, and storm water runoff that carries pollution from the land and into our waters.  
The program will consist of three interactive activities for participants:

  1. Examining characteristics of our seawater including turbidity, ph, temperature, dissolved oxygen and salinity at planktonic and benthic levels of the water column. 
  2. Guests will then collect and examine a plankton sample, understanding that the chemical characteristics of our sea water determine the health of the food web.  Nutrient levels in our estuary, along with temperature, dictate plankton bloom times, which establish the base of the food web and support other species. Plankton density and availability is impacted by water quality, which in turn affects the food web.
  3. Final activity is trawling for benthic organisms and examining/identifying species found.  The biodiversity of marine species found is influenced directly by plankton, water quality, and climatic influences.  Concepts regarding nutrient cycles, climate change, eutrophication, and watershed influences will be woven into this hands on experience. 

If you wish to reserve your place on the boat you must be registered for the Workshop ( www.regonline.com/NAREA2015CAES); then e-mail the Workshop organizer Todd Guilfoos (guilfoos@uri.edu) by May 15th requesting a spot.  The cost of the field trip is free but space is limited and reservations will be kept on a first come first serve basis.

This field trip is funded by the USDA-supported Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research (CBEAR) who is also supporting the Workshop.