Thoughts on Science
It is the last day of November and the time has begun to collect stream chloride data again. The winter salting season could start any day now, though you wouldn't guess it by the warm weather we've had this month. This will be the fifth year of an ever-expanding citizen science effort to understand the scope of chloride pollution problems in the St. Louis region. This study was designed and led by volunteers in the Missouri Stream Team program. They are an exceptional group of people and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with them!
In addition to this time of year being a good time to do some monitoring, today is also the day of the Chloride Kickoff Meeting. In the past, this has been a chance for the Stream Team volunteers to get together and socialize with each other. This year, the program has expanded to include public works staff from several area municipalities and a number of new faces representing State agencies. We expect to see public works staff members from the partner communities in our brine study: Ballwin, Ferguson, Jennings, Manchester, Rock Hill and Webster Groves. Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation and Saint Louis University will also be represented. I am eager to get all of the partners on this project in the same room and on the same page!