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Water Quality Monitoring and Reporting Project

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. was funded to conduct water assessment project. There were 43 students in General Biology II, Bi 122. Seven additional upper-division research students directly involved in this project. The overall goal of this WaterLINK project was to provide useful, credible scientific information about water quality to the stakeholders. The students were divided into six working groups. They reported in person and with a written executive summary to the Atchison City Commissioner; Bellevue Golf and Country Club;  City of Overland Park Public Works Department; Missouri RI Basin Natural Resouces; Benedictine Bottoms Kansas Wildlife and Parks;  HDR Inc.; Kansas Corps of Engineers; and the Missouri River Basin Advisory Committee.

Water samples were taken along the Missouri River at Sioux City, Iowa, Atchison, Kansas, and Washington, Missouri. Samples were also taken at three sites in Overland Park, Kansas. Samples were taken on four different days in three playa lake type ponds on the Benedictine Bottoms. Samples were taken over a week-long period from two ponds on the golf course of Bellevue Country Club.

"[The project] reinforced the dangers of polluted water and what can cause this and the effect it has on the ecosystem as a whole."
~Student participant