The SCWRS offers direct river access, a small fleet of boats, outboard motors and trailers.
Boats include an 18-foot jon boat, a 12-foot lightweight rowboat, a Zodiac inflatable two-person boat, and two 17 foot, aluminum canoes.
Standard equipment for limnological work is available, including field meters and samplers for water, plankton and benthos, and two GPS units, which are compatible with laptop PCs.
Equipment is available for sediment coring with gravity corers, Livingstone corers, surface piston corers, and more than 70 meters of lightweight magnesium-zirconium drive rod.
An automated weather station provides continuous recording of meteorological data that can be downloaded via modem.
The Technical Assistance Program for Watersheds (TAPwaters) is dedicated to the use of geographic information system (GIS) and hydrological modeling technology for the advancement of watershed research and management.
The TAPwaters office is located in the Spring Creek annex and houses two high-end workstations, a 4x5-ft.
digitizing tablet, and a 54-inch wide-format plotter.
A continuing task for the TAPwaters office will be to produce watershed models for tributaries to the St.Croix River, and to eventually build a basin-wide model of the St.Croix to provide regional context for managing nutrient and sediment loads to the riverway.For more information on the TAPwaters program, contact Senior Scientist.Researchers at the SCWRS laboratories perform analyses on various environmental samples, with most analyses focused on sediment and water.Procedures carried out in the laboratory range from sediment loss on ignition, to nutrient analyses of waters and aqueous sediment extracts, Lead-210 dating, and radioisotopic analyses of soils and sediments.