The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pleased to announce Nicholas Fitzgerald's MS Thesis Defense: "The Small Volume Autonomous Water Sampler (SVAWS): An Innovative, Cost-Effective, Adaptable Protocol."
Date: Monday, November 4, 2013
Location: Engineering Building 502J (Dean's Conference Room)
Adviser: Dr. James Pankow
As of 2007, U.S. pesticide use stood at 1.1 billion pounds with 80% of all usage in agriculture. Such realities pose a potentially dangerous threat to our surface water bodies. This research provides a detailed analysis of the design, operation and field-testing of a prototype water sampler, the SVAWS. Designed to drive down the cost of acquiring water samples, the SVAWS was developed at Portland State University and implemented at 7 sites in midwestern states during the spring and summer of 2013. Aspects of the design, device performance, and recommendations for future research will be discussed.