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Hydrocarbon Monitoring

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Question

Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 14:52:44 -0600
From: “Zarnt, Debra”
Subject: [volmonitor] hydrocarbon monitoring

I am working with a group of volunteers who are concerned about the effects of motorized recreation on a reservoir and the stream below the reservoir and want to start a monitoring program. I have no experience monitoring for hydrocarbons and am wondering if anyone knows of low-cost methods / equipment that would be appropriate. Thank you for your help.

Debbie Zarnt
Community Outreach Coordinator
MT Watercourse
P.O. Box 170575
201 Culbertson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: 406-994-1684
Fax: 406-994-1919

Responses

Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 06:50:00 -0400
From: Marilyn S Mayer
Subject: RE: [volmonitor] hydrocarbon monitoring

Its my suspicion that hydrocarbon contamination is not the greatest threat posed by the motorized recreation. I would worry more about potential introduction of exotic species (zebra mussels, round goby, wwater chestnut, water milfoil) from other locations recently visited by the boats or jet skis, potential disturbance & danger posed by the boats and jet skis to wildlife (such as loons, least terns) and swimmers, and potential littering by users.

Marilyn Mayer
aquatic scientist
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 08:50:16 -0400
From: Nancy Hadley
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] hydrocarbon monitoring

Other effects to consider are shoreline erosion and increased turbidity, particularly if they are operating in shallow areas where they are disturbing the bottom sediments.

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