Danelle’s PhD research involved deploying equipment into storm sewers to measure lots of stuff and make the world a better place. Its best to check out her research website cause I’ll just get it wrong! Anyway, time was getting away from her and she needed to get her equipment deployed. So I took a day off of work and got photos of her doing her good work.
If that truck looks familiar, that is because its the one I bought on my Colorado Motorcycle trip! We were fortunate enough to be able to use this truck as her primary research vehicle. All of the expensive equipment is able to be locked away in the boxes and the sand doesn’t get all over the inside of our main vehicles. Who know things would work out this way.
Climbing down to get to work.
Its hard to tell, but there is a rope attached to the bucket. Its the simplest way to lower supplies and heavy bags of sand. When I wasn’t there, they used a step ladder over the holes with the rope to act as a pulley.
Somebody thought that she was knitting in the hole in a previous photo, so we thought we would help them out.
Safety first, yellow vest is also stylish!
Spreading out all of our equipment for a deployment.
Look, a truck! These trucks are part of her research!
We participated in the annual River des Peres Trash Bash this year. I was a surprise site leader being asked at the last second to lead one. I had never been to the location before, but winged it quite well. While Sonora and I worked a specific site, Danelle and Corvin went around taking random photos. They even found their way onto the Missouri River Relief boat!
As always, the event was a great success and we all had a great time!
Bike With Your Boots On is a bicycle event that stops along Grant’s Trail taking water quality measurements along the way. Its a nice way to get exercise and get a better understanding of a local stream.
We started out in a parking lot meeting together and splitting into groups so we could go faster.
It didn’t take long and were heading down the trail to do our monitoring. The family happily ahead of me. I was a bit slower on a unicycle.
Here we are doing some monitoring.
After we finished up, we headed to a nice picnic to celebrate our work. Check out the video Danelle made about the event!
This seems to be the best way for me to have a set of files available for my classmates, so the rest of you are just going to have to put up with this…
First, we have the R script provided by the authors of the BAT package (with a few minor additions of my own). Start by copying and pasting this chunk so we can go through and make sure it is working for everyone:
We met around 9 am in the morning for this cleanup. I believe it was an event organized by the River Des Peres Watershed Coalition. It had been planned a few months out and had a fair number of volunteers.
The area in the black rectangle was the focus of our work. Map by Google
At the start, the group was splitting into two. First, a group of people that were set to get very dirty to go down into the creek. There was trash and tires to find and remove. Corvin and Danelle went to this group.
The second group was for people that were not quite ready to get that dirty, that is where Sonora and I ended up along with about 10 high school girls getting service hours. We headed into a small clearing next to a construction site. There we waded ankle deep into trash that was mostly bottles and cups.
Cleaning up was hard work that required a break half way through. We sat on railroad tracks. Lucky for us, the railroad shut down the tracks for the duration of the cleanup!
Once all the cups were picked up, there were tons of Styrofoam packing peanuts on the ground. Many of us ended up sitting down on the ground and picking them up. It was hard gross work, but the site is significantly improved due to our efforts.
While we were working hard, Corvin found Eric and rode around like a boss with a big smile on his face!