Monitoring Ulster County Water Quality
The relatively pristine condition of Ulster County is maintained by highly sensitive and complex interactions between geologic, hydrologic, and ecologic systems. However, these systems are extremely sensitive to anthropogenic changes. Water is the most critical of all the natural resources. All life depends on water quality and quantity. EGS and Geology majors are actively involved in studying the water quality issues that affect the local communities.
EGS major Kerri Degraot (light green shirt) analyzing Benthic Macro Invertebrates in the SUNY ESF field station located in Pack Forest to evaluate the water quality of Lower Esopus Creek in Ulster County.