Training Future Hydrologists in Massachusetts: Students in the Environmental Technology Program at the Minuteman Science-Technology High School and Adult Career Center in Lexington, Massachusetts are preparing for careers in environmental science and technology in the first such program approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education. To supplement the curriculum, hydrologists from the USGS MA-RI District regularly conduct workshops with hands-on training in data-collection methods and analytical procedures. Topics have included biological assessment of stream quality, field methods for studying lakes, and geographic information systems used in environmental monitoring. A recent workshop on surface-water hydrology included hands-on instruction in stream gauging and fluorescent dye tracing for measuring stream discharge. Two students from the program are working part-time on District projects and receiving training in basic USGS field, office, and laboratory procedures. Across the state, the USGS has been informally assisting several high schools with curriculum design in hydrology for environmental sciences programs. Contact: Marcus Waldron; 508-490-5049; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educational Stream-Gauging Station Planned in New Hampshire: An educational
site along the Contoocook River is being built to describe how and why stream
flow is monitored throughout New Hampshire. This project, expected to be
completed in late spring, is a cooperative effort with the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers and Papertech, Inc. The site will feature a self-directed tour of the
gauge house and the equipment used to measure the level and velocity of streams.
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Contact: Diane Noserale
United States Geological Survey