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MONITORING PRESQUE ISLE BAY DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A SEDIMENT COLLECTION DEVICE ERIKA SCHMIDT SHELDON ADDIS STEPHEN COX BENJAMIN THOMPSON NICHOLE MCGUIRE SEAN HERRON BARRY BRINKMAN, PH.D. KARINNA M. VERNAZA, PH.D. GANNON UNIVERSITY, ERIE, PA REGIONAL SCIENCE CONSORTIUM 8 TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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HISTORY OF THE SCHOLARSHIP Scholars of Excellence in Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) NSF, Directorate of Undergraduate Education Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) Grant of $600,000 awarded in July 2008 11 graduates of the program, to date 26 current SEECS scholars: five seniors, six juniors, seven sophomores, and eight freshmen Renewal awarded in May 2012 for $600,000 2 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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BACKGROUND Creeks are becoming polluted Debris, Toxic contaminants, etc. Pennsylvania Sea Grant (Non-profit Organization) - Promotes the ecological and economic sustainability of Pennsylvania's coastal resources through research and outreach … focusing on the Lake Erie and Delaware River drainages of Pennsylvania - Partnered with Gannon University SEECS program - Tasked with building a sediment collection device 3 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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DESIGN CONSTRAINTS The device to be prototyped and constructed should meet the following constraints: Collect two (2) liters of wet sediment Environmentally friendly Movable by one person Under SEECS budget Anchored in place Durable and reusable Collect sediment of different sizes 4 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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OUTLINE: DESIGN AND BUILDING PROCESS (10-12) Toured Cascade Creek Researched methods of sediment collection Designed, built and tested two prototypes Combined and optimized initial designs Constructed final product Implemented sediment collection device 5 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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RESEARCH Initial ideas Pump water out of creek to a filter Modified downstream defender Use bedload sampler 6 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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SEDIMENT COLLECTION DEVICE: Two designs were prototyped and tested Design 1 Design 2 7

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RESULTS OF WEIR TANK TESTING DESIGN 1DESIGN 2 Confetti was employed to simulate sediment. Results were positive. 8 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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SEDIMENT COLLECTION DEVICE: Designs were consolidated and collector built Front Box Back Box Frame 9

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FRAME DIMENSIONS 4 feet long by 2.5 feet wide 13 inches tall 8 inch platforms on sides Lid with latches Concrete blocks set on sides Held in place by L brackets 10 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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BOX DIMENSIONS Two boxes 18 long 12 tall and wide 8 wide by 5 deep opening Screen at front and back openings First Box Four baffles Second Box Three baffles Elbow joint at exit 11 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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BUILDING 12 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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FINISH PROJECT CONT. ASSEMBLED 13 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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IMPLEMENTATION PICTURES 14

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INITIAL RESULTS After two weeks in the Cascade Creek, sediment was collected. Boxes were not locked during the first deployment. 15 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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QUESTIONS? 16 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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