As part of a project-based learning approach to his Analytical Chemistry class this semester, students of Dr. Darren Brouwer have been performing water quality monitoring of the Chedoke Creek watershed which drains into Coote's Paradise and Hamilton Harbour. Throughout the semester, students have sampled sites along the Chedoke Rail trail and analyzed the water. The data they collected points towards significant sewage contamination at a number of sites due to "cross connections" between sanitary and storm sewers in residences on the mountain. While this is a known problem, the class has identified one particular location that is worse than any others.
The Analytical Chemistry students will be giving a public presentation of their research on Thursday December 6 at 9:30 am in Room 212B. Representatives from the Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton Conservation Authority, and the City of Hamilton will be present to hear, and perhaps respond, to what the class has found.