Incorporating Watershed Studies into the Gustavus Environmental Studies Program
Data collected to date includes chemical, biological, spatial and temporal data. Various water quality parameters have been measured in 7-Mile Creek, connected ground water, and in intermittent feeder streams. Species diversity data has been collected at various locations in the watershed. Geographic data has been compiled by Gustavus students and our various local partners often with assistance from Gustavus students.
Classes impacted within the ES major are Introduction to Environmental Studies, Water Resources, Geomorphology, and Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies. Other classes outside the major including Environmental Chemistry, Geographic Information Systems, Aquatic Biology, and Hydrogeology have also been impacted. Within the ES major students are introduced to field collection techniques, flow monitoring and other automated techniques, ground water/surface water interactions, GIS analysis, and flux calculations. Ultimately, in the Senior Seminar class, students conduct an overall assessment of the watershed drawing on data collected in other classes and by our partners.