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Students from the Netherlands Assist USGS Staff in Florida

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Dutch students Bram Dittrich (left) and Twan Brinkhof
Above: Dutch students Bram Dittrich (left) and Twan Brinkhof in the Big Cypress National Preserve, adjacent to Everglades National Park, FL.

Mike Beckwith holds a weighted tape measure called a Nubian tape
Above: Mike Beckwith holds a weighted tape measure called a Nubian tape. The weight is lowered to the water’s surface, and the tape is read against a fixed point on the bridge or culvert. The weight keeps the tape taut.

Two interns from the Netherlands helped U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists conduct fieldwork in Florida in September. Bram Dittrich and Twan Brinkhof, seniors majoring in land and water management at the Larenstein University of Professional Education in Velp, the Netherlands, are serving internships with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Park Service (NPS) as USGS Volunteers for Science and NPS International Volunteers-in-Parks. During their three-month internship, they are working primarily in Everglades National Park on the USGS Dynamics of Land-Margin Ecosystems Project, with USGS scientists Gordon Anderson and Tom Smith.

From September 21 to 23, the students had an opportunity to assist the USGS Florida Integrated Science Center (FISC) staff at Altamonte Springs, FL, with field monitoring after Hurricanes Charley and Frances. On the first day, the students helped monitor ground-water-well potential. Bram assisted Mike Beckwith in Orange County, and Twan helped Aram Nazarian in the area to the south, near Lake Okeechobee. Data from wells in these areas are published twice a year.

The next two days, both students performed canal-discharge measurements with an acoustic Doppler current profiler, an instrument that uses sound waves and the Doppler effect to measure water velocity at numerous points above the bottom. Bram worked with Sonny Anderson measuring discharges at the St. John's River. Twan measured canal discharges with Scott Greenwood at Taylor Creek and canal L-63S, in the area north of Lake Okeechobee. While driving across central Florida, they saw the devastation caused by Hurricanes Charley and Frances. Water heights were extremely high at Taylor Creek. Shortly after measurements were taken, Hurricane Jeanne ravaged the area.

Also involved with the students' visit were Molly Wood, Ed Simonds, and Dave Brown, all from Altamonte Springs.

Sonny Anderson Taylor Creek
Above: Sonny Anderson on the St. John's River.

Above Right: Water level at Taylor Creek reached nearly record heights.

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