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Wednesday, April 22 • 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Hydrological Analysis of Hyder Pasture Bog Restoration

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The goal of this research project is to elucidate the water chemistry of the Hyder Pasture Bog in Henderson County, North Carolina. The Hyder Pasture Bog is one of the sites encompassed by the Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge program launched by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); this program was developed in order to protect, restore, and manage the bog sites, reduce habitat fragmentation, protect and/or improve water quality, and stimulate conservation habits. The wetlands of Hyder Pasture serve as home for Sagittaria fasciculate (bunched arrowhead), which is an endangered species found exclusively in Henderson County, NC and Greenville County, SC; the plants are relatively small in size and boast white flowers between May and July. Wolf Creek Engineering is carrying out the restoration of Hyder Pasture to hopefully increase the growth of the bunched arrowhead plants on site. Samples were collected shortly after snowfall in February from four streams, two wells, and one culvert on the property; samples were analyzed for K+, Na+, Ca2+, Mg2+, NO3-, Cl-, SO42-, and HCO3- using ion chromatography and alkalinity titrations. The samples from streams nearest the road showed high concentrations of Na+ and Cl-, indicating the presence of dissolved road salt in ground water. Subsequent samples will be taken during the restoration process and after it is completed in order to sufficiently analyze the water chemistry of the Hyder Pasture Bog and determine the ideal environment for the bunched arrowhead species.

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Wednesday April 22, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Wilma Sherrill Center Grimes Atrium