CL&P gives Earthplace $11,000 for water quality research

Earthplace recently received an $11,000 grant from Connecticut Light and Power for its Harbor Watch water-quality monitoring program.

The grant, the fourth significant contribution from CL&P to the program, will help underwrite water quality research in the Sherwood Island Mill Pond watershed that involves monitoring dissolved oxygen, salinity, temperature, fecal coliform bacteria and nutrients, according to an Earthplace news release.

The research endeavor consists of the weekly testing of eight shoreline and three deep water monitoring sites under a variety of weather conditions, mostly by volunteer-trained high school and college students. The purpose of the research is to demonstrate what needs to be done to mitigate pollution problems at Sherwood Island Mill Pond, the release states. The research has a companion endeavor on all four tributaries discharging to Sherwood Island Mill Pond funded by other Harbor Watch programs.

A watershed-wide water quality report is expected to be issued in October 2012 and shared with seven partners and stakeholders, including local governments in the watershed and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

Earthplace, a nonprofit organization founded in 1958, maintains an 84-acre wildlife sanctuary with trails and contains an interactive natural history museum. It also houses live wildlife for public viewing and hosts nature programs and events, the release states.