Krystal Delnoce ’21, Civil and Environmental Engineering

I worked on the Jacob’s Creek/Urban Watershed Study at The Watershed Institute, which is an organization dedicated to the protection of clean healthy water. The study’s goal is to measure and analyze the impact of land usage on water quality. I learned how to use various geographic information systems (GIS) to map land usage around streams. Then, I chemically and biologically monitored streams using various tests. I also was encouraged to help with outreach and I learned to communicate my work to the surrounding community. I was able to educate others about people’s impact on the environment and encourage people to become more environmentally conscious. This internship provided new insight on how a sustainable infrastructure can relieve the strain we put on our watersheds. My time at the Watershed Institute inspired me, as a civil and environmental engineering major, to pursue the design of cityscapes that reduce our impact on the natural environment.