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Muddy Waters:

Chicago's Urban Environmental Geology
A Student Research Project
of the
Earth Science Department at Northeastern Illinois University

Summer 2009

Funded by the NEIU Student Center for Science Engagement


Objectives, from the proposal:

This project will engage three faculty and nine students to investigate relationships between watershed geology, water geochemistry, and stream characteristics for select urban streams in the Chicago area. 

We will investigate relationships between stream and drainage-basin variables including stream gradient, discharge, velocity, oxygen content, and sulfur speciation in streams and adjacent wetlands, and geology of the drainage basin. 

The team will characterize variations in these parameters, as well as investigate the effects on other aspects of stream morphology, water chemistry, and stream physical characteristics.

Read more about our research proposal

See the project wiki here.


  "Field of Streams" & "Up the Creek" --
the Muddy Waters teams -- at work! here for more team photos...


Project Participants:  Faculty:                        Student Teams

  Jean M. Hemzacek
                     "Up the Creek" (UTC)

    Laura L. Sanders                           and 

      Kenneth M. Voglesonger            "Field of Streams" (FOS)

Thaddeus Cellak  (UTC) Erik Gilmore  (FOS) JJ Mulliken  (UTC)
Trish Downie  (FOS) David Salinas  (UTC) Ruanlly Santizo  (FOS)
Eric Leahy  (UTC) Brad Henning (FOS)    

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Muddy Waters learning and applying lab and field techniques... and sharing with other team members
















Student Participant Project Resources:

            printable time sheet                
requires Adobe; click on icon to download  

            the project proposal

go to the project wiki   Team research tasks, results, and discussion boards 

            regarding maps for field use:
                 while we appreciate that you have been careful with topo maps so far,
                 non-laminated maps should not be taken into the field. 
               Please use the instructions below to download online maps --
               you can print the segments of maps needed for field work; these paper copies
               can be annotated/ marked/ written on/ etc. ... and reprinted as necessary!


Accessing TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS on-line:
  • Go directly to the "USGS Store -- Map Locator"
    (or go to the USGS Store, and then click on Map Locator on the left side)
  • scroll down the page a little bit, and you will see a map and, next to it, the label "Step 1"
  • in the SEARCH box below "Step 1", type in the name of a place...
    OR you may type in the map quadrangle name (--> use the drop-down menu to change "search type"  from 'address or place' to 'USGS map name')
  • click GO
  • the map will change to show the area you selected, with one or more red markers.  Click on a marker to see a list of available maps, and then click on "download" for the map of interest (note that our quad maps are 7.5 minute maps).
  • You will be asked whether to "open" or "save" the map.  These can be large files, so you can simply select open... unless you want to save the map on your computer.
  • It will take a little while to 'unzip' the file.   When the process is finished, double-click on the icon for the pdf file, and the map will open in Adobe.
  • you can use the 'zoom' tool (magnifying lens icon, or found under "tools" - "zoom") in Adobe to zoom-in on the map;  you can then use the horizontal and vertical scroll bars to browse different areas of the map.
  • When you find a feature or area of interest, you can use the "select graphic" tool (camera icon in the tool bar, OR found under "tools" -- "basic" -- "snapshot tool") to copy that area of the map; you can then paste it into a Word or other file. 
  • Don't forget to cite your source!  (give the map name and state; also any additional information that would help you to find it again!)