OXBRIDGE STUDENTS ROCKED IT!!! The SWFL Water Research Conference at Florida Gulf Coast University 2017

The Oxbridge Research Team performed very well today at FGCU! For the undergraduate research poster competition:   1st  Place                        $400 Quantifying Heavy Metals in Public and Private Drinking Water Systems:  Testing South Florida’s Public and Private Water Systems Using a Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Program 2nd Place                       $300  Necrosis in the Caloosahatchee Watershed … Continue reading “OXBRIDGE STUDENTS ROCKED IT!!! The SWFL Water Research Conference at Florida Gulf Coast University 2017”

The Oxbridge Research Team performed very well today at FGCU!

For the undergraduate research poster competition:

  •   1st  Place                        $400

Quantifying Heavy Metals in Public and Private Drinking Water Systems:  Testing South Florida’s Public and Private Water Systems Using a Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Program

  • 2nd Place                       $300

 Necrosis in the Caloosahatchee Watershed and Lower Can Carlos Bay:  Using Computer Models to  Compare Precipitation Runoff to Lake Okeechobee Releases

  • 3rd  Place (tie)            $200

Evaluating the Knowledge of Self-Reported Environmentalists’ Regarding Incentives and Enforcements of the Everglades Federal Mandates

  • 3rd  Place (tie)            $200

Using the RamTest-APP™ Handheld Raman Identifier Gun (BioTools, Inc) to Detect Contaminants in Public and Private Water Systems

Once again we were the ONLY high school there and for the third year in a row beat all the undergraduates to take home all the awards!

Well done!

Also very well received were:

  • (Quantification of the Herbicide Atrazine in the Canals of the Eastern Everglades and in the Caloosahatchee Watershed),
  • (Surface Water Quantification of a Carcinogenic Herbicide (2,4D) in Water Hazards on Public Golf Courses and the Subsequent Exposure Awareness of the South Florida Junior PGA),
  •  (Quantifying Fish Populations of the Grassy Waters Preserve to Determine Overall Health of the Drinking Water Source for West Palm Beach, FL),
  •  (The Potential for Carbon Sequestration in Grassy Waters Preserve: Quantifying the Carbon Sequestration Ability of the Hydric, Incepticols, and Calcitic Mud Soils in the Drinking Water Source of West Palm Beach, FL)

SAVING WATER THROUGH PASSION AND EDUCATION!

State poised to allow aquifer pumping near Silver Springs

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In the most divisive controversy in years over aquifer waters, Florida authorities have reversed their previous opposition to an irrigation permit sought for a cattle operation near the ailing Silver Springs.

The irrigation permit was scheduled for a final vote of approval Tuesday, but a coalition of environmental groups filed legal action Monday, meaning the matter will go to a state hearing judge for further action.

“They are allowing politics to drive the science,” said Lisa Rinaman, who heads St. Johns Riverkeeper, one of the groups staunchly opposed to increased pumping from the Floridan Aquifer by Sleepy Creek Lands ranch in Marion County.

In 2014, the St. Johns River Water Management District said an irrigation permit sought by Sleepy Creek to pump 1.1 million gallons a day from the aquifer would harm “the ecology of Silver Springs and the Silver River.”

Near Ocala, the springs is one Florida’s original tourist attractions and is now a state park.

But recently revamped analysis, according to the district, shows that Sleepy Creek can temporarily boost pumping by 1.2 million gallons a day, which would be in addition to other water rights the ranch holds.

To read the entire story:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-controversial-ranch-water-approval-20170109-story.html

GET WET! Has a new Interim Executive Director!

20170106_0846113-copyKaitlyn Rivers  is a Biology/Environmental Studies Major at Oberlin College.  She will be working on the transition from GETWETH2OED.ORG to GETWETPROJECT.ORG 

Kaitlyn is also directing and guiding research developing in Martin County relating to the Okeechobee River dump and algae growth. Although studies have been done, only three groundwater wells have been used to indicate plume movements. Using the GET WET! program, Kaitlyn will assist student researchers in increasing sampling sites and modeling plume movement to determine a watershed response to precipitation events and nitrate plume movement.

Welcome Kaitlyn!  We need your energy on this very important work!

STOP RICK SCOTT FROM TAKING OUR REFUGE!!! ARMLNWR IS OURS!

Rick Scott and the South Florida Water Management District want to use the refuge as a waste water facility.  Make no mistake, this is a SUGAR FARM-LAKE OKEECHOBEE conundrum.

My students have been performing long-term research on tree frogs, glyphosate from farm run-off, DDT & DDE studies, Apple Snail & Snail Kite studies, air quality through bromeliad studies, and are beginning moth studies.  We have special use permits from the federal government and the students gain valuable experience working with mentors, learning about the environment, using real world data for statistical analysis.

PLEASE CALL RICK SCOTT 850-488-7146  HELP US SAVE OUR PRECIOUS REFUGE!!

FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION https://loxahatcheefriends.com/events/saverefuge.shtml

Oxbridge Student Water Researchers Educate!

Oxbridge Students presented their water research at the Annual American Water Resource Association (AWRA) Conference in Orlando.

They were the only secondary level students competing among undergraduate and graduate students. They designed their research, performed a literature review, collected data in the field, analyzed the data and presented to professionals in the water industry.  Students were very proud as many asked if they were PhD students!  Well done crew!
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