Spring Break

Check out this adorable sign from the maple farm!┬áThere are four within our region, some offering pancake breakfasts and horse-drawn sleigh rides through the maple trail. Mom asked if I wanted to go out when I arrived home from spring break, and I thought all I want to do is lay around and do nothing. But the maple farm is only open to the public twice a year, or so she said, and I have a total of 8 other days to sit around and watch t.v. When I called my job at the VA, they reported back about a hiring freeze. Freeze? Hiring? VA? They seemed to know little about it other than the fact I couldn’t come back. So here I sit- slouch rather- twiddling my thumbs over┬áspring break. I’ve been outside a few times already. I even cracked a book. Best of all, I’ve blogged. Continue reading “Spring Break”

Illegal Seafoods

While this post will have more to do with wildlife than water treatment, it is a relative topic to Environmental Engineering and therefore is still significant in environmental consciousness. Recently, while traveling to Maine I learned about the history of the waterfront. Native Americans and settlers lived along the Piscataqua river waterfront that serves as a harbor to the Atlantic Ocean. It later became an important location in defending the US from submarine attacks. As we sailed farther from Maine and New Hampshire, the guide pointed out a stage 2 Sewage Treatment plant was built on the shore that releases water out using a schedule of high and low tides. He explained that it becomes an issue when the tides reverse, which happens every four hours. The treated sewage water then ends up where it started. He hoped and had been told that the plant is being upgraded to a stage 3 center. This simple guide explains the functions of the different stages. Continue reading “Illegal Seafoods”