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Field Activity Details for field activity 2009-009-FA

Other ID: T-9-09-LI

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): John Bratton

Affiliate Investigator(s): USGS-WRD and Stony Brook University

Information Specialist(s): Sandy Baldwin

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Conductivity, Environmental Data: Radon, Geochemical: Surveys, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Groundwater sampling on Fire Island and beneath nearshore areas in Great South Bay.


Start Port/Location: Kismet, NY

End Port/Location: Patchogue, NY

Start Date: 2009-04-27

End Date: 2009-05-08

Equipment Used: GPS (wh), Submersible pumps, Piezometer, Digital camera, RAD7 radon detection instrument, Digital video camera

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: In spite of weather and island-related logistical challenges, the team was able to sample 10 existing wells and approximately 10 piezometer profiles at two transect sites in Kismet and Watch Hill, collect approximately 20 groundwater samples from distributed piezometer sites along the shore of Great South Bay, and make seepage meter measurements over two days at each of the transect sites. Approximately 130 groundwater samples for some or all of the following parameters or analyses were collected from most sampling sites: temperature, pH, salinity, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen in mg per liter and percent saturation, oxidation-reduction potential, dissolved gases (methane, nitrous oxide, radon), DOC/DIC, nutrients (nitrate, nitrite, ammonium, phosphate), metals, MIMS N2-Ar, nitrogen species isotopes, and pharmaceuticals. A time series of radon in water, salinity, temperature, and tidal stage data was also collected from a moored raft at the Watch Hill piezometer transect site. These data will complement previous data from Patchogue and from electrical resistivity surveys in the bay.

Staff: Sandy Baldwin, John Bratton, Thomas Brooks, Michael Casso, John Crusius, Adrian Green, Kevin Kroeger

Affiliate Staff:
Irene Abbene (IA)
existing well sampling; Ruth Coffey (RC)
Stony Brook University
seepage meters

Notes: Original Center People field contained: John Bratton (JB), USGS-Woods Hole, co-chief, gw sampling; John Crusius (JC), USGS-Woods Hole, co-chief, radioisotopes and gw sampling; Kevin Kroeger (KK), USGS-Woods Hole, co-chief, nutrient and dissolved gas sampling; Sandy Baldwin (SB), USGS-Woods Hole, piezometer sampling, radioisotopes; Adrian Green (AG), USGS-Woods Hole, piezometer sampling, radioisotopes; Michael Casso (MC), USGS-Woods Hole, piezometer sampling; Wally Brooks (WB), USGS-Woods Hole, piezometer sampling.
Project = Characterizing Sub. - South Bay, Characterizing Sub. - South Bay


Great South Bay, Fire Island, Long Island, New York, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 40.75 South: 40.62 West: -73.26 East: -72.88


photo of Terrapin



Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
RAD7 radon detection instrument --- Radon
Digital video camera --- Video
2009-009-FA-VD-001 ( Field videos: 3 video segments shot in the field.)
Digital camera --- Photo
2009-009-FA-PH-001 ( Field photos: 272 digital photos of personnel, equipment and field operations.)
Submersible pumps --- Surveys
2009-009-FA-GC-001-01 ( Excel spreadsheet: contains all geochemical field readings and samples analyses.)
GPS (wh) --- Navigation
Piezometer --- Conductivity

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