Northeastern Section - 43rd Annual Meeting (27-29 March 2008)
Paper No. 6-7
Presentation Time: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

WATER ANALYSIS OF BOW CREEK FEN NEAR MOUNTAIN TOP (LUZERNE COUNTY), PA

SMALL, Colleen E.1, VENN, Cynthia2, and HALLEN, Christopher P.1, (1) Chemistry, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 400 E Second Street, Chemistry Department Hartline Science Center, Bloomsburg, PA 17815, cesmall@bloomu.edu, (2) Geography and Geosciences, Bloomsburg Univ of Pennsylvania, 400 East Second Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

As part of a continuing water monitoring program, sampling was performed on Bow Creek Fen near Mountain Top (Luzerne County), PA on 5 October, 2007. The summer and early fall were a period of drought and a section of Bow Creek upstream of the confluence with the stream draining the wetland was dry. This gave us the opportunity to assess the effect of the wetland on Bow Creek. Five sampling sites included: two stream sites upstream of the wetland, one site at the head of the wetland, one site near the middle of the wetland, and one site in the stream draining the wetland above the confluence with Bow Creek. Temperature, pH, conductivity, and oxidation-reduction potential were measured in situ. Water samples were collected for lab analyses of acidity, alkalinity, hardness, trace metals (As, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb), and presence of trichloroethylene (TCE). Acidity, alkalinity, and hardness were all performed using Hach methods. Acidity ranged from 7.2 to 16.3 mg/L as CaCO3 and alkalinity ranged from 13.2 to 22.0 mg/L as CaCO3. In both cases, the highest value was at the middle fen site. Hardness ranged from 3.6 to 7.1 mg/L as CaCO3. These low values for alkalinity and hardness are expected considering the lack of limestone bedrock in the surrounding area. Utilizing atomic absorption spectroscopy, traces of calcium and iron were found in all samples with highest concentrations at 2.8 and 0.8 ppm, respectively. Other metals were below detectable limits. A GC/MS analysis method indicated TCE to be below detectable limits. Attempts at mercury analysis by both atomic absorption and by cyclic voltammetry using a carbon nanotube paste electrode were unsuccessful.

Northeastern Section - 43rd Annual Meeting (27-29 March 2008)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 6--Booth# 14
Environmental Geoscience (Posters)
Hyatt Regency Buffalo: Grand Ballroom C
8:00 AM-12:00 PM, Thursday, 27 March 2008

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 40, No. 2, p. 8

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