Despite the dark clouds and downpour the NKU student researchers remained determined to show off their hard work in the rain garden.
The students worked diligently on testing the runoff from different wetlands around the Kentucky area, such as Cappel Park, where Corey Shrader does his research.
At the park, Shrader tests storm water runoff and how the wetlands can filter pollutants.
“Wetlands I kind of like to think of as guardians of the environment because they act as buffer between impervious surfaces and bodies of water,” says Shrader.
Preventing massive runoff from reaching these natural filters and eventually pouring into other bodies of water is one of Shrader’s goals.
At another off-campus park in Kentucky, Sarah Stryffeller studies the effects of wetlands along with whether they filter or release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Stryffeller explained how the researchers create a partial vacuum by using syringes to take samples of gas from the ground. The students are able to test carbon dioxide levels and other greenhouse gases stored in the wetlands.
Both Stryffeller and Shrader represent the environmental science program at NKU and hope their research can promote different problems in our atmosphere and water systems.
Stryffeller suggested doing the easiest things such as checking oil leaks on your car to preserve our natural filters including the wetlands.
NKU’s way of preventing runoff is by using a rain garden which is made up of plants that trap nutrients and place them back into the environment naturally.
These researchers were very passionate about their studies and have fallen in love with their field of interest.