Wingfield Pines Abandoned Mine Drainage Passive Treatment System
A Scientific Analysis
Click on the studies below to view the collected data and analysis. Chemistry and Fish studies have been updated recently (3/15/2013). The Birds section will be published soon.
Duquesne University was founded on Catholic social thought and respect for the environment which the Spiritans term “integrity of creation”. The class “Science at the Service of Society” is included within the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences curriculum. It is a method that combines academic instruction, meaningful service, and reflective analysis.
Allegheny Land Trust (ALT) and Duquesne University have enjoyed a successful partnership since 2007 around the Wingfield Pines Conservation Area. Duquesne students, under the leadership and mentoring of Adjunct Professor Ed Schroth, provided much needed water quality and biotic assessments of Chartiers Creek, existing ponds and of the abandon mine drainage treatment system that ALT constructed in 2009. The invaluable data collected by the students is included in the reports that ALT provides to the PA Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers. Students benefit by receiving real-life experience and ALT benefits by this volunteer work that ALT would otherwise have to pay for.
A clear partnership agreement is critical to the success of any service-learning project, inasmuch as it ensures that the interests of all partners are served. Duquesne students participate in organized laboratories, both in the field at Wingfield and then with samples brought back to the laboratories at Duquesne University. This action benefits the student by fostering civic responsibility while enhancing their scientific knowledge modeled in a real-life experience.
This information is being prepared for visitors who walk the paths at Wingfield to better understand what a dynamic changing ecosystem is developing there. No pond is ever the same as it was yesterday. Come and see for yourself.