Preliminary:Water Quality

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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby Nerd95 » June 5th, 2011, 8:18 am

How similar is this to Ecology? Just wondering.
A lot of the questions will probably pertain to the ecology of estuaries.
Quizbowl, it is important to note that the subject of water quality is not limited to estuaries or even the ecology of estuaries. Water quality is an important topic in discussing ANY water body (stream, river, marsh, etc). The ecology aspect of this event will most likely surface in the study of benthic macro-invertebrates.
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby anatomy » June 5th, 2011, 5:04 pm

Is water quality a purely academic event?
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby mingtian » June 5th, 2011, 5:48 pm

Is water quality a purely academic event?
Here are the ruleshttp://sps.k12.mo.us/pipkin/SODivb/wate ... Qualty.pdf No.

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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby Starapollo1 » June 9th, 2011, 7:56 am

Is water quality a purely academic event?
Here are the ruleshttp://sps.k12.mo.us/pipkin/SODivb/wate ... Qualty.pdf No.
Keep in mind though those rules are only tentative, they will probably change by August :)
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby tornado guy » June 9th, 2011, 8:46 am

Keep in mind though those rules are only tentative, they will probably change by August :)
Yes, but it is a good start to know what to study in general for summer :)
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby anatomy » June 9th, 2011, 1:07 pm

wait, does anybody know any good resources that would help in studying for water quality? :D
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby quizbowl » June 9th, 2011, 1:07 pm

wait, does anybody know any good resources that would help in studying for water quality? :D
The internet! Wikipedia! Check your local water board for more resources
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby anatomy » June 9th, 2011, 1:15 pm

wait
can i actually use those rules
How long ago was water quality an event?
wait so will i also have to know individual macro invertebrates
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby quizbowl » June 9th, 2011, 1:19 pm

wait
can i actually use those rules
How long ago was water quality an event?
wait so will i also have to know individual macro invertebrates
Water Quality was last an event in B in 2006. If you recall, chalker stated that those rules are not 100% accurate of the event coming next year. If I were you, I'd use the rules as a reference for the testing portion (remediation, standards, quality, etc.). It isn't finalized if there is actual macroinvertebrate identification, so I wouldn't start on that. It might be beneficial to start looking into the salinometer.
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Re: Preliminary:Water Quality

Postby quizbowl » June 12th, 2011, 6:09 am

Just a small update on the salinometer I started to work on:
- I built the simple clay-and-straw version. It works well, but in my opinion its a bit inaccurate. It wobbles considerably, and its often difficult to read.
- I started fooling around with an electric salinometer - basically, I'm using a 9volt battery to power it, and placed two leads of the wire into the water. I attached an ammeter into the circuit, and after some testing, found that it is very, very accurate. The only problem I found is that the temperature of the water greatly affects the current carrying capacity. I wouldn't be so sure of using this at competition unless I've taken readings and measurements for almost all possible temperatures.
- Just a suggestion to anyone planning on building - the clay-and-straw version is often too light, per se, and in certain concentrations it barely stays below the water. A good tip is to add some lead shots inside the straw and sealing it with clay.
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