|-- Westford Steam Team --|
Our town is unique in this region of Massachusetts drawing all of our water from two local aquifers via either town or private wells. We are not part of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
Our local stream water quality directly affects our drinking water.
My wife involved my son at the early age of 11. This on-stream lesson about how water quality affects fish populations has translated to a young man who wants to continue his education after high school in fisheries and wildlife management.
And also has created a pretty decent angler and a budding entomologist.
|--Typical Measurement Site --|
At each site, they take multiple water samples and use the meter to measure real-time temperature, dissolved oxygen, percent oxygen, pH and specific conductivity. They also observe and record water clarity, air temp, flow rate, channel depth and other environmental conditions at the sample site. A double blind sampling is used to assure accuracy and proper chain of custody should water data be required for legal proceedings. The samples are sent to a lab for analysis of phosphorus, ammonia and nitrogen compounds.
My son produced and my wife edited the recruitment video for more volunteers. The Westford Stream Team has funding support from our local conservation commission and trust. They are also applying for state grant monies to expand the program and purchase measurement gear.
|-- Snapping Turtle --|
This morning they encountered a wild turkey, coyote, snapping turtle and a golden stone fly.
In two of the brooks, some small native fish where spotted. Typically brookies or red pickerel are found in our local streams.
|-- Outflow from non-functioning mill --|
I personally want to thank the Westford Stream Team for their work and let them know that I truly appreciate the work they do in supporting water conservation!