An environmental sampling and modeling study in the Nut Brook-Kelligrews River Watersheds, Newfoundland

The Nut Brook-Kelligrews River watershed is located at the western outskirts of the city of St. John's, Newfoundland. The area has been impacted due to industrial, agricultural, and commercial activities in the watershed and public concerns have been raised on the environmental impacts from these activities on the water quality of the rivers flowing through a residential community prior to discharging into Conception Bay. The proposed project aims at investigating the contamination issues and associated impacts on the watershed and local communities through integrated modeling and field investigation. The following tasks will be conducted by the intern: to collect and review the relevant information related to the watershed; to continue and expand the sampling program; to employ necessary mathematical tools to model the water quality and evaluate the impacts; to provide recommendations to the partner, Incinerator Road Environmental Committee (IREC), for remediation initiatives and/or rehabilitation plans for mitigating the existing environmental impacts and to minimize or prevent impacts of resource development activities in the concerned areas. The overall objective is to ensure any existing contaminant issues are addressed and to ensure any future development is done sustainably where impacts on the watershed are mitigated.

Yuan Chen
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Bing Chen
Newfoundland and Labrador