On Monday we looked at what water feeds into the bay, and what that water flows through first. In some areas, water runs through gorgeous long-leaf pine habitats; In other places the water runs behind Publix parking lots and residential suburbs. Examining sedimentation, residential threats, and nutrient runoff brought us to a better understanding about what kind of water is filling the bay.
|Sweetwater Creek in Blackwater River State Park - Photo Credit: Corey Corrick|
On Tuesday we expanded our knowledge about the water in Pensacola Bay by focusing on groundwater. As we learned, not only is water coming from streams and creeks above-ground; Water that has been absorbed through the soil can also seep into the bay. This brings with it a new array of elemental isotopes and nutrients. But enough about the water, right? We also needed to know what to do with this information. So, we headed over to the EPA lab and got a glimpse of the research being done there. We got to see what questions are being asked, what a job there would look like, and what companies and government agencies are concerned about the bay. This part of the day incorporated humans into the complexity that is Pensacola Bay.
|Taking sediment cores at a groundwater seepage site - Photo Credit: Corey Corrick|
|At the EPA lab - Photo Credit: Corey Corrick|
|Separating above- and below-ground seagrass biomass - Photo Credit: Corey Corrick|
|Learning how to use an inclinometer - Photo Credit: Corey Corrick|
|End of the week Blue Wahoos game! - Photo Credit: Random guy we asked to take the picture|