Assessing stream health on a N.H. golf course
Assessing stream health on a N.H. golf course


[female narrator]
A golf course is not your typical field trip destination. But for one sixth-grade class, the excursion was all about science. [water splashing] Clad in boots and carrying dip nets, 40
students from North Hampton, New Hampshire searched Cornelius Brook on the Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club for insects, worms and crustaceans that live underwater, called benthic macroinvertebrates. [kids talking]
Get the shrimpy! Get that one, get that one! [Alyson Eberhardt]
By looking at the community of organisms that are living in a certain area, you can understand the stream health. And so with this army of people, we descended on
the golf course on a beautiful fall day, a very active golf course, and assessed the health of Cornelius Brook on the Sagamore-Hampton Golf Course. [Alyson]
I’m pretty sure that this is a damselfly nymph. One of the reasons I was so excited about this project is that aside from macroinvertebrates just being fun and exciting and a new world that we could introduce to the Coastal Research Volunteers as well as the sixth graders at North Hampton School, I really was excited to work with Richard and support the
really good things he’s doing on his golf course. He is using very green management practices. [Richard Luff]
I’ll talk a little bit about what we’re doing at Sagamore, it’s something that my father started when he built
the golf course back in the 1960s, one of his goals was to really limit the use of any type
of chemical pesticides in order to maintain the golf course. A lot of golf courses don’t think clover is an
acceptable plant to have on the golf course. Frankly, I think it’s great. You wanna know why? Because clover fixes nitrogen which means I don’t have to
use as much nitrogen to the golf course. [Alyson]
The data that we’ll provide him will help him better understand how his management practices are affecting Cornelius Brook and will help him adjust those management practices in the future. Coastal Research Volunteers were each in charge of a group of students and we spread out all along the length of the creek. And it was really up to the students to
collect the samples, identify them, quantify them, [female student]
Yeah, this one’s a water mite. [Alyson]
and then derive that stream health score. [male student]
16, 17, 18… [Alyson]
They were actually taking part in a real research project where there are implications associated with the data they collect. Decisions will be made and land will be managed according to their findings. [Richard Luff]
You guys are doing real science and this is really going to make a difference so I
want to thank you all for doing that. So give yourselves a big round of applause. [clapping]

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