Texas Institute for Environmental Sustainability
Cedar Creek Project
Dr. Steven J. Rosscoe (Geology, Environmental Science, Environmental Management)
Dr. Michelle Dose (Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Management)
To develop an understanding of the Cedar Creek watershed
• It contributes water to Lake Fort Phantom Hill via Elm Creek and therefore affects the quality of water drawn for the Abilene public water supply.
• Its presence is marked by a number of public parks throughout the City of Abilene.
• Numerous and diverse ecological habitats are present along its length.
• It crosses and erodes through a variety of soil types and geologic rock formations.
To develop an understanding of the effect of humans on this important stream system.
• Issues related to point source pollution (if identified).
• Issues related to agricultural runoff.
• Issues related to storm water runoff.
To make recommendations and suggest local changes that may benefit the stream system and the populations (human and animal) that depend on it.
• Reduction of the human influence.
• Stream and wetland management to enhance water quality.
Develop a research program that allows students in the sciences to take on a variety of independent research projects.
• Prepare students for research in their field (graduate school or work force).
• Give students an opportunity to conduct real research.
• Provide students an opportunity to publish and present results.
• Characterize the chemical properties of the stream waters in the Cedar Creek watershed under normal conditions.
• Collections occurred in January and April of 2011 (prior to onset of drought).
Effects of Extreme Drought on Large Impounded Lakes
• Characterize the changes to lake chemistry and lake health during the exceptional drought of 2011.
• Show the effects of large rain events over short time periods on the chemistry of local lakes as they recover from the exceptional drought of 2011.
Geological and soil characteristics of the Cedar Creek Watershed.
Biological inventory of the Cedar Creek Watershed (involvement of HSU Biology is in development).
Long-term changes to the Cedar Creek Watershed.
Recognition, characterization, and recommendations for pollution issues within the Cedar Creek watershed.
Spring 2011 – Brian Odom (CHEM) chemical testing of base flow water samples.
Fall 2011 - GEOL 4099A – Watershed Survey and Assessment
• Kiva Harris (GEOL) – Observations/chemical survey of Zoo Lake 2 (8-10 week study)
• Aislinn Hendrix (GEOL) – Observations/chemical survey of Zoo Lake 1.5 (8-10 week study)
• Joe Quick (ENVS) – Observations/chemical survey of Cal Young Park, Lytle Creek (8-10 week study)
• Jay Shelton (GEOL) – Observations/chemical survey of Lake Fort Phantom Hill (8-10 week study)
• Lauren Turman (GEOL) – Observations/chemical survey of Zoo Lake 1 (8-10 week study)
• Cruz Valdez (ENVS) – Observations/chemical survey of Kirby Lake (8-10 week study)