Sampling in the Rain

The main goal of this experiment is to essential examine the functionality of a wet retention pond (storm water retention pond). There are many implications to the results, as discussed in the abstract. Obviously, the first step is to gather samples from the pond of interest, located in the neighborhood of Longhill Grove.

In our study, we’re interested in the basic change over time of the microbial community during the course of a storm event. That means we need to sample during a storm, preferably a large one. It was very convenient then that we were graced by the presence of Tropical Storm Andrea early in the summer, leaving us ample time to analyze our results.

A tropical storm, while exciting for our experiment, does NOT make for a fun sample collection experience.

A tropical storm, while exciting for our experiment, does NOT make for a fun sample collection experience.

After collecting soil, sediment, and water samples from the pond and freezing them, we could finally begin processing them. There will be more on that procedure later, but in the meantime, here are some cool patterns in frozen pond water:

Who says dirty retention pond water isn’t beautiful?

Who says dirty retention pond water isn’t beautiful?