I tried out a new sediment sampler with grad student Alex Nawotke. The Helley-Smith sampler uses a net to catch suspended fines. We used it to collect fines in the bedload by kicking them up to create a suspension. Alex will analyze to see if there are any contaminants in the bed load. A few days later, a colleague Jon Lester from Montgomery County Planning Commission capture a snake eating a fish at the site we were sampling. Dr Bojeong Kim, Alex’s advisor, commented that we missed an opportunity to sample bioaccumlation, but personally I don’t want to be in the stream with that snake is out and about!
Snake Photo courtesy of Jon Lester
Sampler photo courtesy of Mary-Margaret Monser