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Location of Rountree
UWP Students working in river
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UWP) Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has been interested in the Rountree Branch for several years. The Rountree Branch flows through the UWP campus and has been used as a teaching tool in several Civil and Environmental Engineering classes. The Rountree Branch is a great resource to have on campus because it gives the Civil and Environmental Engineering students hands on experience with surface water quality parameters and issues.
In 1999, a River Planning Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) made it possible for UWP to do research on the Rountree Branch. Research was performed during the summers of 2000 and 2001. In the summer of 2000, two students, Chana Pouwels, and Jeremy Roschyk, were hired to perform water sampling and another two students, Eric Masiarchin and Ryan Martin, were hired to perform a physical and biological habitat evaluation. In the summer of 2001, two students, Samantha Belka and Kristy Ketcher, were hired to perform water sampling and soil loss calculations. The findings from these two summers are summarized in the Rountree Branch Watershed Report.
Another grant from the DNR in 2001 helped fund a gauging station on the stream on the UWP campus. This gauging station will monitor flow rate continuously, and when the depth of the river increases, automatic sampling will be done. These samples will then be tested for dissolved oxygen; pH; temperature; dissolved, suspended, and total solids; alkalinity; conductivity; and fecal and total coliform bacteria. Peak flow and peak contaminant levels will be caught in this testing and will allow maximum understanding of how storms affect the river.
For more information reference the UWP Environmental Engineering home page.