Declining water quality associated with failing water infrastructure

Globally, failing water infrastructure has been linked to declining water quality and increased exposure to contaminants, and potentially harmful bacteria infections including, but not limited to Escherichia coli. To assess temporal and spatial changes in the chemical and bacterial composition of water associated with failing water infrastructure in watersheds in Atlanta, members of the Capps Lab will conduct a field- and lab-based empirical study. Field activities will be conducted in Atlanta, GA in stream reaches that have been sampled sporadically since the 1970’s. In conjunction with the Principal Investigator and a UGA-based graduate student, the participating student will be trained to collect and analyze water quality samples to begin relating in-stream environmental conditions with water infrastructure. Results will be applied to ongoing and future research projects in the Capps Lab. Applicants should have some previous experience conducting field research in aquatic ecology and an interest in learning techniques in analytical chemistry. Successful candidates will be expected to work effectively individually in the lab and within a team environment in urban environments in the southeast during the summer. Though hiking will be limited, in order to access the field sites, candidates should be able to walk/wade through streams for at least 1 mile while carrying up to 30lbs.

Host laboratory: Krista Capps
Type of project: Empirical/ Field and laboratory-based