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Rachael Moffatt, a senior environmental studies major, is the James River Association’s water quality intern this summer, helping to oversee 66 volunteers who collect and upload samples each week

How much E.coli is in the James River? Just ask this VCU environmental studies major.

August 2, 2018

 

(Rachael Moffatt, a senior environmental studies major, is the James River Association’s water quality intern this summer, helping to oversee 66 volunteers who collect and upload samples each week - courtesy photo)

 

By Brian McNeill, University Public Affairs

When swimmers, boaters or fisherman want to know the E.coli levels of the James River, they check the James River Association’s James River Watch website, which provides river condition data collected by volunteers on water temperature, turbidity, river height and bacteria.

This summer, a Virginia Commonwealth University student is playing a key role in providing that essential data to recreational users of the James River, stretching from Buchanan in the west to Norfolk in the east.

Rachael Moffatt, a senior environmental studies major, is serving as the James River Association’s water quality intern, a role in which she is coordinating the association’s 66 trained citizen-scientist volunteers — known as the “James RiverRats” — and supporting their work to collect samples and upload data on a weekly basis.

 

Read the full article, "How much E.coli is in the James River? Just ask this VCU environmental studies major."

 

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