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UAlbany's Water Quality Assessed from Its Source

February 16, 2010



UAlbany Indian Pond

Indian Pond at UAlbany.

An analytical look at the watershed that supports UAlbany’s Uptown Campus will be presented on Thursday, Feb. 18, by an expert on biotic communities and aquatic ecosystems.

Sponsored by the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County, of which UAlbany is one of 13 members, “A Water Quality Report Card for the Krumkill Watershed” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express on 1442 Western Ave. (between the University’s Western Avenue entrance and Stuyvesant Plaza).

Featured will be J. Kelly Nolan, a North American Benthological Society certified taxonomist, who was the principal investigator on the Krumkill Watershed assessment, which studied water quality samplings at different eight sites in 2007.  Nolan will detail how such an assessment is aided by use of aquatic insects, how the study satisfied EPA Clean Water Act requirements, and how observed water quality problems match everyday behavior in the watershed.

Staff from the University’s Environmental Health and Safety Office regularly take part in the coalition’s meetings and contribute to the implementation of stormwater permit requirements. The program is funded by the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and hosted by the McKownville Improvement Association.

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