In the Roosevelt University seminar SUST 220 Water, Professor Mike Bryson guides students through evaluations of water quality and water sustainability issues through the analysis of local, regional, and global case studies. The local dimension is explored through a series of field trips. The class just completed the first of these field experiences for the semester, to Busse Woods, one of the largest holdings within the Cook County Forest Preserve system (at 3,700 acres), for field-based introduction to water quality sampling techniques. Professor Bryson writes about this experience at his blog, stating:
Using a couple of different water quality field testing kits, we sampled the creek and measured a range of physical/chemical water quality indicators: chlorine, copper, dissolved oxygen, hardness, iron, nitrate, pH (acidity), phosphate, temperature, turbidity, and total coliform bacteria. In doing so, we not only took the ecological pulse of Salt Creek at one point in time, we also learned how to use our sampling equipment, compared test results from different measurement procedures, assessed the possible sources of error in our data collection, and analyzed the impact of the surrounding landscape upon the water quality of Salt Creek. You can see our tabulated results here: Water Quality Data and Results for Salt Creek and Busse Lake 10 Sept 2011 (pdf).
There’s much more about this experience at the full blog post. Professor Bryson is teaching SUST 220 Water this fall as a hybrid course in Schaumburg and online with selected field trips such as the one described above. If you are interested in this or any of our seminars, find out more by calling 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU), emailing applyRU@roosevelt.edu, or sign up to attend our June 24 Info session.