URI Graduate School of Oceanography and Salt Ponds Coalition
Host Lecture on the Health of Quonnie Pond
Narragansett, R.I.-- August 4, 2000 -- The health of the salt ponds is
an issue that concerns coastal South County residents. The ponds have been
the subject of many scientific studies, including the Quonochontaug Pond
Project, funded by Shelter Harbor summer resident Finn M.W. Caspersen.
To bring the public up to date on the results of the project to date,
the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) and the Salt Ponds Coalition
will present The Quonochontaug Pond Project: An Overview and Summary
of Results to Date. The lecture, given by GSO doctoral candidate Kathryn
H. Ford, will be held on Thursday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weekapaug
Chapel on Noyes Neck Road in Weekapaug.
The Quonochontaug Pond Research Fellowship was initiated in 1998 through
a $90,000 gift to GSO from Caspersen to enable a GSO graduate student and
faculty team to develop a base-line study of the large coastal pond. Ph.D.
candidate Kathryn Ford, under the guidance of GSO faculty members Scott
Nixon and John King, has been working on the pond since May, 1999, studying
its chemistry, circulation, and habitat and wildlife. In addition, Ford
has been examining sediments to determine the history of contaminants in
the pond, as well as the impacts of storm events.
The lecture will focus on the results of the project to date and outline
future research needs within the pond.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For further information
call the URI Graduate School of Oceanography Public Relations Office at
Lisa Cugini, 874-6642, firstname.lastname@example.org
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