Long-term Water Quality Trends in Indianapolis and the impact on the Surrounding Ecosystems

Courtney Townsend Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Julia Angstmann Butler University
While it covers over 75% of our planet, water has been a widely discussed topic in recent years when considering our impact on the quality of major waterways and sources and the precious ecosystems they contain. Often when we talk about water pollution and water quality, we think of impacts on large bodies of water, such as major lakes, seas, or the vast oceans, whether it’s from waste/byproduct pollution, shifting water levels from global climate change, or habitat/species eradication as a result of human intervention. But what about the smaller, local bodies of water that are in our own neighborhoods? This project serves to analyze the water quality trends in Indianapolis over an extended period of several years. Utilizing historical data provided by the Marion County Public Health Department and research performed in the fall of 2018, I will chart out the trends in water quality for two sampled locations, Bean Creek at Garfield Park, and the White River. Utilizing charts and mapping software to project the trends over this period of time will allow us to better understand our impacts on the ecosystems within our local waterways. The locations analyzed were selected to allow comparison between the historical data provided by the MCPHD my research performed in the fall of 2018 (which was conducted at the 2 selected locations). Parameters used to measure water quality include pH balance, temperature, E. coli levels, and presence of nitrites, nitrates, and sulfates.
Sustainability, Urban Ecology & Environmental Studies
Oral Presentation

When & Where

11:00 AM
Jordan Hall 276