Gulf Park students conduct water quality testing on USM campus

A group of 18 students from the University of Southern Mississippi were recently trained in water quality testing by the Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy.

Students in the Beta Iota Omicron (BIO) Club, EcoEagles and Gamma Theta Upsilon student organizations, which are based on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, participated in the event.

The water quality testing training was conducted in Bear Point Bayou, a body of water which runs through the Gulf Park campus.

Over the next three years, monthly testing will be conducted in two separate locations along the stream by the students, as well as faculty members Jill Arnold, instructor of biology, and Dr. David Holt, associate professor of geography.

The testing, which was made possible in part by the two Gulf Coast conservation organizations, will provide meaningful data to assist in preserving the waters and wildlife living in the eco-system of Bear Point Bayou.

According to their websites, the Audubon Society’s mission is conserving and restoring natural ecosystems and focusing on birds, wildlife and their habitats. The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve lands and waters. Their work in Mississippi has played a key role in protecting and restoring some of the state’s iconic landscapes.

The student organizations involved have partnered together to conduct the ongoing water quality testing project.

The goal of the EcoEagles is to help find ways to support sustainability on the Gulf Park campus. The organization hosts bi-weekly meetings that are open to both the university and local community.

The Beta Iota Omicron Club promotes career awareness for students interested in life or health sciences, and Gamma Theta Upsilon is the campus honor society for students whose activities support geography knowledge and awareness.

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