Sunday, January 02, 2005

On the Eno: a good news story

Eno River

The temperature on New Years Eve didn't quite make it to 70 degrees as it did yesterday, but it was still quite pleasant to be on the Eno River investigating the aquatic life. We joined Sylvia Garrard on her stretch of the river to help her with stream monitoring. Four times a year she measures air and water temperature, makes visual observations, and documents the types of macroinvertebrates found in the water. We found a good number of caddisflys, river pennies, and gill snails, all of which are sensitive to pollution. On a scale that says a score of 22 indicates excellent water quality, Sylvia came up with a 25. The traces of industrious beavers were a bonus (though Sylvia was not amused).

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