KINGSTON — After outreach from the Kingston Conservation Commission and the Pow Wow Pond Council, the Sanborn Regional High School Sophomore class has formed a partnership to investigate the questions: Why is the South edge of Pow Wow Pond filling with vegetation; why do we care; and what can we do about it? The students have already begun their study of these questions and the culminating event of their research will take place on June 12.
On Mon., May 13, Diane Coll of the Pow Wow Pond Council and Evelyn Nathan from the Kingston Conservation Commission spoke with all sophomores about the history of the pond and the current problem taking place there.
The sophomore students travelled to sites around Pow Wow Pond on Tues., May 28. They collected data about the Pond that they will be analyzing in the classroom to help determine the problem leading to excess vegetation and possible solutions to prevent it. Several landowners and the Trickling Falls YMCA Camp are allowing students to do this research, and have volunteered to have students implement solutions on their property.
In order to provide context for the “why do we care” part of the Pow Wow Pond question, two New Hampshire environmental scientists visited with students on June 4. Suzanne Petersen an outreach specialist for the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee talked about watersheds, and how water really moves through ecosystems, including how this may impact management decisions. Michelle Daley from the UNH Water Resources Lab Center (http://www.wrrc.unh.edu/) also held a focused discussion with students on how the definition of "water quality" is determined by its intended use, what acceptable ranges of pollutants are, and how pollutants impact water quality and ecosystems. This was a great opportunity for our students to meet members of the local community, continue working on their solutions to the problem in Pow Wow Pond, and consider other career opportunities in the area of Natural Resources.
On Wed., June 12, students will go to properties around Pow Wow Pond in order to implement solutions, including rain gardens and vegetation buffers that will reduce non-point source pollution in the form of nutrients from fertilizers and runoff of litter, sediments, salts, and oils from roadways. Students will have consulted their collected data, experts in the field, local maps, as well as property owners in order to devise reasonable solutions for each property. Students will also be developing informational fliers and brochures that will be available fore residents of Pow Wow Pond and the surrounding community in order to extend the benefits of their work on local water quality beyond the end of their physical efforts. Look for these outreach materials on the Kingston Conservation Commission website: http://www.kingstonnh.org/conservation-commission or the Pow Wow Pond Council website: http://powwowpond.org/.
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