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Team: DLS Waterford

Ireland 16 years old   2 /

Project title:

Climate/Environmental impact of construction on river water quality

Research question

What are the effects of the North Quays construction project on the River Suir’s water quality and if it may have an environmental effect.

Identify the local environmental/climate problem you want to investigate

What we are aiming to investigate is the construction of the North Quays and what effects it may possibly be having on water quality and the aquatic life.
We are going to find this out by conducting numerous tests that will hopefully give us an outcome we are happy with. We also want to see if it could potentially cause rain to become more acidic if there is a rise in pH in the water.

Project topic

Climate change

Describe how you plan to investigate the problem identified and which data you plan to analyse.

We plan to investigate this problem by:
Conducting routine testing on different points of the River Suir, we will be testing the pH of the water, carrying out dissolved oxygen testing, total dissolved and suspended solids tests and also recording the temperatures of each sample we take on-site.
We will firstly collect our samples using glass jars at the following locations, (two locations before the bridge), Polerone Quay Mooncoin, Newarthill slip, (two locations after the bridge) Waterford Castle and Neptune Marina.
We will take our samples back to the school labs for further testing (e.g) pH/dissolved oxygen.

Your feedback

Expert feedback Phase 1 - 2023-2024
Is the suggested problem a problem that the students can actually investigate? Is it feasible, realistic? Please explain why or why not. Is the relation with climate/local environment worked out? Where necessary indicate the wider scientific context to which the identified problem belongs.