Wetlands and Environmental Impact

by Kyle Scott, Agribusiness and Applied Economics major

his blog post will be more about my personal life because I do believe right now my internship relates to this class very well and I thought it might be nice to share. I work at a company called GPD and within the company I work for the Environmental Service department and I spend most of my time in the “field” instead of the “office”. What I do in the field is mostly plotting and scouting many “assets” (culverts, bridges, buildings, utilities, foot paths, parking lots, crest gauges, trail cams, and railroad crossings) along the the Cuyahoga River and its tributaries. Now during our scouting, we look for other problem sites that could be possible erosion and other utilities or really if the creek has began to change its path and affect structures. On the job, I work with two people who have both graduated college with science degrees in biology and they both help point out many of the plants we see along the way. Many of the plants have been invasive species which is what we are currently learning about. I have fought my way through Reed Canary Grass, Phragmites, Common Reed, Garlic Mustard, and once we came across Purple Loosestrife. So I have had an up and close relationship with a few of these, specifically Phragmites and boy those are quite a problem when they have time to grow as high as my head (6ft).

Now not only am I scouting assets but starting next week I will begin to help with delineating wetlands. Part of that job includes testing the soil and determining what type of soil it is and if it indicates we may be in a wetland, taking note of every plant that is in the area and counting how many are heavily reliant on water scaling down to a plant that does not need water to survive, digging for a water table, and so on and so forth. I am very excited at the prospect of delineating a wetland and I’m happy to be in this class right now because my internship seems to be going hand and hand with it. I look forward to learning more in each and using it to help me for the rest of the summer.

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This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.

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