APES (M-F 8 & 9)

Water Quality Monitoring & Development of a Water Quality Monitoring Guide Assignment 

You will be creating a water quality monitoring guide in groups. You will put together a fact sheet for each assigned parameter listed below as a group. Make sure your fact sheet is set up in a way that makes it easy to read and find the information. Think about how you would present this information so that is easy to use out in the field and the lab.

We will use the fact sheets when we do water quality testing in Hoboken and the Meadowlands. You will be using Vernier probes to test for the various parameters. We will also use GPS units to document the location of the testing. Then water quality data can be incorporated into GIS to graphically represent the data and location. Use maps to analyze data.

Below are the parameters. You will be using the following website to gather information for each parameter:

http://water.epa.gov/type/oceb/nep/monitor_index.cfm

  • Dissolved Oxygen
  • Biological Oxygen Demand
  • pH and Alkalinity
  • Salinity
  • Temperature
  • Turbidity and Total Solids
  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorus
  • Pathogens
  • Contaminants & Toxic Chemicals, e.g., Heavy Metals, Pesticides, PCBs, & PAHs Marine Debris
  • Macroinvertebrates
  • Non-indigenous (Invasive) Species
  • Phytoplankton
  • Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

The following information should be included in your fact sheet:

  • What is the parameter & why is it important or indicate why it should not be found in the waterways?
  • What is its role in an estuarine ecosystem? If it does not have a role, indicate why not.
  • What are the optimal levels for this parameter in an estuarine ecosystem?
  • What is the impact to the estuarine ecosystem if this parameter does not meet optimal levels?
  • What is the source of the excess or lack of this parameter?
  • When should this parameter be sampled (i.e., is there a specific time of the day)?
  • What types of sampling methods can be used?
  • Indicate anything else that you might think is important about the parameter.

Examples of Water Quality Monitoring Guides:

http://www.uri.edu/ce/wq/ww/Factsheets.htm

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/publications.html

Citizens Water Quality Testing Program for the NY-NJ Harbor

For results see the map interface at: http://nycwatertrail.org/water_quality.html

For a table showing all results, click here.

APES (M-F 1 & T 2)- Easter Island

Due Mon, Sept 21st

Read the case study on Easter Island from your textbook on pages 6-7.

Conduct an Internet search on Easter Island.

What is it like today?

How many people live on the island?

What are the main resources?

Conduct an Internet search on the island of Tikopia (success story). Tikopia lies in the Pacific Ocean east of Australia and New Guinea, west of Tonga and Fiji.

Compare and contrast the stable culture that has lasted at least 3,000 years on Tikopia with the fallen and failed culture of Easter Island. What are the major differences in how the people approached the idea of sustainability?

Include the sources for your information.

Source: Taken from the Instructor Guide for Environment by Withgott & Brennan. 4th Edition. 2011

APES (M, W, R 3 & 4)- Easter Island

Due Mon, Sept 21st

Read the case study on Easter Island from your textbook on pages 6-7.

Conduct an Internet search on Easter Island.

What is it like today?

How many people live on the island?

What are the main resources?

Conduct an Internet search on the island of Tikopia (success story). Tikopia lies in the Pacific Ocean east of Australia and New Guinea, west of Tonga and Fiji.

Compare and contrast the stable culture that has lasted at least 3,000 years on Tikopia with the fallen and failed culture of Easter Island. What are the major differences in how the people approached the idea of sustainability?

Include the sources for your information.

Source: Taken from the Instructor Guide for Environment by Withgott & Brennan. 4th Edition. 2011

APES (M-F 1&T 2) – Tragedy of the Commons

Garret Hardin’s Tragedy of Commons 

Due Friday, Sept 18th

  1. Read Garret Hardin’s Tragedy of the Commons Essay.
  2. Write a 1-page essay on how the water shortages that are occurring around the world are an example of the Tragedy of the Commons. Please use specific examples from an area that is experiencing a water shortage.
  3. Be prepared to discuss and debate Hardin’s views in-class.

APES (M, W, & R 3 &4) – Tragedy of the Commons

Garret Hardin’s Tragedy of Commons Assignment

Due: September 17th 

  1. Read Garret Hardin’s Tragedy of the Commons Essay.
  2. Write a 1-page essay on how the water shortages that are occurring around the world are an example of the Tragedy of the Commons. Please use specific examples from an area that is experiencing a water shortage.
  3. Be prepared to discuss and debate Hardin’s views in-class next week.