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Dr. Jameson Chace,

Aquidneck Island Watershed Monitoring: A Partnership Project

Wed. Apr. 25, 2012
4:00 p.m.
McKillop Library

70,000 people live on Aquidneck Island, and they all drink treated surface water. Unfortunately those surface waterways are listed as "impaired" under the EPA Clean Water Act, section 303d—impaired from high bacteria concentrations, high levels of nutrients (nitrates and phosphates), and, in some cases, heavy metals.

In the fall of 2009 Salve Regina University formed a partnership with the Aquidneck Island Watershed Council to implement a citizen-science watershed monitoring program across Aquidneck Island. The following year Dr. Chace received the Antone Special Projects Award to support Salve Regina's partnership with the Watershed Council. This award has enabled Dr. Chace and his students to conduct bimonthly monitoring of local waterways, expand the number of testing sites, and ensure that the bacteria sampling is both handled correctly and processed accurately. Salve Regina students, who have become community leaders on this project, also train new volunteers, catalog data, assist in running the annual watershed conference, and have the opportunity to use those data for senior theses and for presentations at local and regional conferences.

Jameson Chace, Dr. Chace, associate professor, department of biology and biomedical sciences, is an avian ecologist with interests in biogeography, habitat selection, behavioral ecology, population biology, and landscape ecology.

A reception will follow his presentation.