Title

The Effect of the Loves Truck Stop on the Quality of Water in the Nearby Wetlands

School Name

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Grade Level

10th Grade

Presentation Topic

Environmental Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

In the fall of 2016, construction began on a new Loves Truck Stop. This truck stop, at the corner of Bluff Road and Beltline Boulevard, borders on a stretch of wetlands. The water quality was tested in November of 2016, before the truck stop opened, as well as January of 2017. The purpose of this experiment is to determine the effect of the Loves Truck Stop on the quality of the water in the nearby wetlands after a year of operation. The pH, mercury, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity of the water was tested in January of 2017, a few months after opening, and the same parameters were measured in December of 2017. 10 samples were taken from 2 separate locations, each sample tested for pH, mercury, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity. The results show that the pH, mercury, and dissolved oxygen levels stayed fairly constant, but the turbidity levels increased significantly, which is a negative effect. These results support the hypothesis.

Location

Lassiter 220

Start Date

4-14-2018 10:45 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

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Apr 14th, 10:45 AM

The Effect of the Loves Truck Stop on the Quality of Water in the Nearby Wetlands

Lassiter 220

In the fall of 2016, construction began on a new Loves Truck Stop. This truck stop, at the corner of Bluff Road and Beltline Boulevard, borders on a stretch of wetlands. The water quality was tested in November of 2016, before the truck stop opened, as well as January of 2017. The purpose of this experiment is to determine the effect of the Loves Truck Stop on the quality of the water in the nearby wetlands after a year of operation. The pH, mercury, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity of the water was tested in January of 2017, a few months after opening, and the same parameters were measured in December of 2017. 10 samples were taken from 2 separate locations, each sample tested for pH, mercury, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity. The results show that the pH, mercury, and dissolved oxygen levels stayed fairly constant, but the turbidity levels increased significantly, which is a negative effect. These results support the hypothesis.