Wednesday, December 4th at 7 p.m.
The importance of headwater streams in preserving water quality: A case study of the Kennebec Highlands and Long Pond.
Maine Lakes Resource Center in Belgrade Village. Light refreshments will be served, and hands-on demonstrations of data collection will be available.
Please contact Tierney Dodge (email@example.com) or Erin Love (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Please join the Colby Environmental Studies Science majors as they present their senior capstone project: The importance of headwater streams in preserving water quality: A case study of the Kennebec Highlands and Long Pond.
Abstract: Streams and rivers connect the land to downstream bodies of water such as lakes or coastal oceans. Traditionally, streams and rivers were viewed simply as ‘pipes’ transporting materials downstream, as Aldo Leopold once called rivers ‘the gutters down which flow the ruins of continents’. However, ecologists now understand that rivers are not gutters or pipes, but rather dynamic, biologically active ecosystems that can significantly impact downstream bodies of water. Locally, our previous work in the Belgrades catchment suggests that human activities in the headwater regions are of critical importance for protecting the Belgrade Lakes from future degradation of water quality. This year, we have investigated the role of headwater streams in processing nutrients, carbon and sediment before reaching the Belgrade Lakes. The question guiding our research this fall is: What ecosystem services do forested headwater streams provide to the Belgrade Lakes?