Watershed demonstration project established

By John Hains

watershed demonstration projectA watershed demonstration project was established this spring at the Archbold Tropical Research and Education Consortium (ATREC) in Dominica, West Indies. The project will describe water resources and stream hydrology in the watershed. It also will initiate a long-term monitoring effort for stream flow, temperature, ecology and water quality.

The work was conducted under a research permit from the island’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and funded in part by a grant from Clemson’s Service Alliance. The creative inquiry team, led by biological sciences associate professor John Hains, included undergraduate students Justin Brown, Rachel Herold, Jessi Howard, and John Shuler.

In addition to the work at ATREC, the team traveled to other parts of the island to learn more about the natural features and to plan for future expansion of the project. Sites visited were Boiling Lake, Freshwater Lake, Emerald Pool, Champagne reef, Middleham Falls and Trafalgar Falls.

For information: John Hains, 864-506-1111, jhains@clemson.edu