Monitoring Ecological Recovery of the

Torch Lake Superfund Sites for the U.S. EPA


8:30 AM-4:00 PM, Wed.-Thurs., August 20-21, 2003


For High School Science & Math Teachers


Workshop Presenters:

Brenda Jones, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

   Rich Henry, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Bruce Petersen, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

   Joan Schumaker Chadde, Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education





Wednesday, August 20

8:00 AM Coffee & Introductions (875 Dow Atrium, MTU)


8:30 AM Program Overview & Goals (875 Dow, MTU)

         Torch Lake Mining & Milling History (Bruce Petersen, NRCS)

         Torch Lake Superfund Remediation Objectives (Brenda Jones, EPA)

         Fall 2002 Remediation Monitoring and Results (Brenda Jones, EPA)

         Intro to sampling methods & protocols (Rich Henry)

1. Plant Sampling

2. Soil sampling

3. Bird Survey

         Teacher Participant Requirements, Data Sharing, Logistics (Brenda Jones)


1.Torch Lake Mining History

Noon LUNCH (on campus provided)


1:00-4:00 PM Conduct Sampling at Mason site

         Collect soil samples for fertility testing (pH, P,K, N, texture)

         Measure plant species distribution; collect voucher specimens, plant identification; plant biomass production; plant root penetration; soil coverage by vegetation.

         Conduct qualitative bird community surveys.



Thursday, August 21

8:30-Noon Data Collection at Torch Lake Superfund Project Sites (Meeting Location TBA)

         Dollar Bay/Point Mills - soils

         Hubbell/Tamarack City - birding

         Lake Linden Village Park - plants

         Gay Sands (baseline data for unremediated site for comparison)


Noon-1:00 PM Lunch (at Loading Zone in Lake Linden)


1:00-3:00 PM Continue Data Collection


3:00-4:00 PM Implementation in the Classroom, Follow-Up Meeting & Workshop Evaluations