Algonquin College student research tackles environmental issues affecting Muskrat Lake Watershed

Algonquin College

from the Daily Observer:

On Dec. 6, Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus in Pembroke held an Applied Research Day to give students in the Environmental Technician (E-Tech) Program the opportunity to showcase their work.

The E-Tech Program, which was founded five years ago, is a compressed diploma that can be completed in 18 months whereas other similar programs can take 60 months. It includes an optional paid co-operative education experience within the environmental field. Graduates of the program find work across Canada in both the public and private sector, supporting environmental monitoring and strategy development and implementation.

Over the past two years, students in the E-Tech Program had been researching best practices in managing farms and lakefront properties to improve the water quality of the Muskrat Lake Watershed, near the village of Cobden.

The teams of young researchers conducted their studies by working with farmers, property owners, local contractors and a team of experts to implement strategies to address the issues that have plagued the watershed for many years.

These initiatives have included the installation of five controlled tile drain structures, a technologically advanced weather monitoring station, the planting of many streamside trees and shrubs, 3-D mapping, water and soil analysis and testing, and the development of a research plan for 2017.

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