The summer 2018 crew (left to right: Madison Mathers, Zoe Bakken-Heck, Dan Turley, and Donald Janda) after dinner at Black Sheep Social Club and standing in front of the Cedar River at 15 feet, 7 inches (moderate flood stage).
So talented - capable of sophisticated field and laboratory measurements, but also able to stand up on paddle boards at Lake Macbride! The summer 2017 crew, left to right: Marissa Hedlund, Alyssa Olson, Joanna Funkhouser, Natalya Vrana, and Danielle Hollingshead. (Photo taken from a (much more stable) kayak.)
Students are the ones who do the work - who go out and collect samples, make the field measurements, and run the instruments in the laboratory. The summer 2016 crew with their new CWQL sportswear (on the front, it says "Stand back - I'm sciencing"): L to R - Joanna Funkhouser, Danielle Hollingshead, Maddy Jensen, Emily Davis, and Christina Brown.
The summer 2015 crew (L to R: Christina Brown, Laura Bybee, Ciera Rodriguez, and Maddy Jensen) are shown canoeing on the Maquoketa River. Since it was "CWQL Fun Day", no measurements were made and no samples were taken.
The summer 2014 students are shown above in the world-famous Brandon frying pan. From left to right: Kendra Miner, Laura Bybee, Kelsey McKillip, and Maddy Jensen.
The crew shown above is from summer 2013. From left to right: Laura Bybee, Kelsey McKillip, Jacob Fuentes, Deanna Marguglio, Kim Schorn, and Amanda Kohn.
From the archives - the "Stream Team" of 2002. Seated: Nick Goins, Heather Friberg, Kelly Whittlinger. Standing: Brent Ediger, Amy Burgin, Allison Hoppman, Wendy Bowers, and Cole Goater.
The following students have worked on water quality related research with Professor St. Clair since 1993 at Coe. They are an impressive group, and have gone on to be successful in a wide variety of fields. They are listed in (roughly) chronological order.
CWQL has been very fortunate to work with a number of great collaborators.
- The City of Cedar Rapids Utility Department has worked with us since 2001. In particular, we have worked closely with John North, Roy Hesseman, Shelli Grapp, and Steve Hershner. More recently, we've started working with Mike Kuntz and Tariq Baloch.
- We also had a longstanding relationship with the Iowa Department of Natural Resource's Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Division - especially Mary Skopec and Lynette Seigley.
- We provide monitoring support to the Lime Creek Watershed Association's efforts to improve water quality in their watershed. Chad Ingels provided great support as an Extension watershed specialist, and Dick Sloan heads up the Watershed Association.
- Professor St. Clair has spent multiple sabbaticals working in the laboratory of Michelle Scherer, studying the interactions of iron oxides with pollutants in the environment. His most recent sabbatical was at the Iowa Geological Survey, working with Keith Schilling , Chris Jones., and Matthew Streeter.
- We are currently working with Rebecca Kauten, a Ph.D. student in the department of Geographical and Sustainability Studies at the University of iowa, to study the effects of road salts on mobilizing metals along our streets in Cedar Rapids and Coralville.
- Our rain garden wouldn't exist with the guidance of Amy Bouska (urban conservationist with IDALS), Jon Gallagher (Linn County Soil Conservationist) and funding from the Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency through a Community Partnership Grant.
- The Indian Creek Watershed Assessment was coordinated by Jennfier Fencl at the East Central Iowa Council of Governments. Our RASCAL work has been greatly assisted by John Bruene (NRCS district conservationist), Jeff Tisl (Northeast Iowa Regional Basin Coordinator), and Jon Gallagher (Linn County soil conservationist).
- We worked with researchers at the University of Nebraska, the University of Iowa, and the University of North Carolina funded by an NSF-RAPID grant. The project focused on the effects of the 2012 drought on loadings of nitrogen in 2013.
Marty St. Clair runs the CWQL. He grew up on a farm in northern Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 1983 with a B.S. in chemistry and environmental studies. He went on to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1989. After four years as laboratory director in Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa, he came to Coe in 1993. (Photo by Vanessa Lowdon)