Christopher Sinton

IC Affiliate, Environmental Studies and Science
School: School of Humanities and Sciences

Starting in Fall 2015, my students and I began a study of the roadside springs in central New York State.  The overall plan is to find springs that people regularly visit to fill up bottles, from small containers to five-gallon carboys.  Questions that we want to answer include:

  • What is dissolved in the water?
  • Are there bacteria or other organisms in the water?
  • Does water flow and/or composition change over the year?
  • What reasons lead people to use these water sources?

We are using the ion-chromatograph at Ithaca College and the ICP-OES at Cornell University to analyze the water as well as EPA-based methods to determine the presence of total choliform and e. coli.  Students are developing several interview strategies to understand why people use the springs.

Please visit our website to see the results of our work.