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Water Quality To Be Tested at Westport's Mill Pond

WESTPORT, Conn. – Earthplace, Westport’s nature discovery center, will conduct water quality research in the Sherwood Island Mill Pond watershed thanks to a grant from Connecticut Light & Power.

This grant is the fourth contribution CL&P has made to the Harbor Watch Program at Earthplace. The research will monitor the following levels of the pond: dissolved oxygen, salinity, temperature, fecal coliform bacteria and nutrients, including total nitrogen and total phosphorus.

The research will consist of eight shoreline and three deep-water monitoring sites that will be tested once a week by trained high school and college students. The purpose is to demonstrate what needs to be done to mitigate pollution problems at the pond.

This specific research has a companion endeavor on all four tributaries discharging to Sherwood Island Mill Pond funded by other programs directed by Harbor Watch. A watershed wide-water quality report will be issued in October and shared with seven partners and stakeholders, including local governments in the watershed and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

For more information or to volunteer with Harbor Watch, www.earthplace.org or contact program Director Dick Harris at 203-227-7253, ext. 121.

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