Field Safety Contract
Field Trip Form



$82,500, or $40/hr (May 2010 data)



Chicago's Environmental Geology
Earth Science 109W, Section 01, Spring 2013



w The outline below will be adjusted daily.  Check frequently for updates!  

Field trips are required class activities.  You must be present and dressed appropriately for the weather.

For daily learning objectives, click the date.  Links will be added weekly as the semester progresses.

Week Class Activities      (Click the date for a list of daily learning objectives!)
  WEDNESDAY (11:00-11:50 am) FRIDAY (11:00 a.m.-1:30 pm)
1 JAN 9  Welcome to Muddy Waters!  Getting to know you.  What is FYE?  What are environmental geology and the Muddy Waters course?  Pre-assessments. JAN 11 Analysis of water: field parameters.  Keeping a field notebook.  Field safety contracts.  Intro to the "Thirsty City" Project.  A copy of the guide to using field probes appears here:  Using Field Probes Dress for outdoor work today!  "E-mail us!" due.
2 JAN 16  Principles of colorimetry.  Transitions.  Read Chap. 3 in the CSS book before coming to class today.  JAN 18  Lab safety.  Collecting and analyzing data for the Thirsty City project.  Measuring chloride, sulfate, phosphate, nitrate, and fluoride.  No need to dress for outdoor work today; we will be in the lab for the whole period.  Copies of the procedures are linked here:  Chloride  Sulfate  Nitrate  Fluoride.
3 JAN 23  How you learn.  Guest presenter:  Katherine Gleiss of the Learning Support Center.  Read Chap. 5 and 6 in the CSS book before coming to class today.  The first deadline for "Thirsty City" is today! JAN 25  Drinking water standards.  Academic integrity and plagiarism.  Team-building and the NEIU Rock Wall.  Dress for wall-climbing today!
4 JAN 30  VIsit from Molly Mansfield, Ronald Williams Library.  Read Chap. 1 and 4 in the CSS book before coming to class today.  "Reading the NEIU Catalog" due.  The second deadline for "Thirsty City" is today! FEB 1  Field trip to Lake Michigan.  Water treatment processes.   Dress for outdoor work today!  "Avoiding Plagiarism" due. 
5 FEB 6  Guest presenter from the Academic Advising Office.  FEB 8  Measuring area and volume.  Snow depth and water equivalent measurements.  Dress for outdoor work today!   The third and final deadline for "Thirsty City" is today!
6 FEB 13  Intro to "Chicago Rivers" Project.  Watersheds.  Stream discharge.  "Meet With a Professor" due. FEB 15  Indoor work on Chicago Rivers.  Gathering online stream discharge data.   
7 FEB 20  Work on Chicago Rivers.  Calculating recurrence interval and probability.  Data interpretation.  Your Academic Plan is due! FEB 22  Work on Chicago Rivers.   Flood Insurance Rate Maps. 
8 FEB 27 Work on Chicago Rivers.  Read Chap. 10 in the CSS book before coming to class today. MAR 1  Chicago Rivers project is due!  Intro to H2O: Where Does It Go? project.  Dress for outdoor work today!  
9 MAR 6  The NEXUS International Water conference.  You will display your Chicago Rivers posters at this conference! MAR 8  H2O: Where Does It Go?  The water cycle.  Visit with John Murray, NEIU Chief Engineer.  Dress for outdoor work today!  (We may or may not be going outside, so be ready for anything.)
10 MAR 13  The water cycle:  Urban aspects.  H2O:  Where Does It Go?  Preparing for the confluence trip.  MAR 15  H2O:  Where Does It Go?  outline is due! 
Field trip to the Confluence.  Dress for outdoor work today!
11 MAR 20  Spring Break.  No class.   MAR 22  Spring Break.  No class.  
12 MAR 27  Basic concepts of locks and dams.  Intro to the Great Debate.  MAR 29  Field trip to Gompers Park.  Last day to drop a course.
13 APR 3  Intro to MyPlan.  Prepare for the Great Debate.  APR 5  Prepare for the Great Debate.  Guest speaker John Quail from Friends of the Chicago River.
14 APR 10  Prepare for the Great Debate.  APR 12  The Great Debate!  Intro to the "Balancing Act" Project. 
15 APR 17  Balancing Act: maps and calculations.  Finding precipitation data online.  APR 19  Determining annual stream flow from a watershed.  Evaluating impacts of yesterday's flooding.  Dress for field work today!
  APR 24  Simple water budget calculations.  FYE course evaluations. APR 26  Balancing Act final activity.
16 MAY 1  No class. MAY 3  Field trip.  Course evaluations.  Dress for a field trip today! 
Dr. Kenneth M. Voglesonger E-mail:  K-Voglesonger [at]
BBH 225G
Office hours: Monday: 10 a.m.-noon
                       Wednesday: 2-4 pm

                       Friday: 2-4 pm
by appointment

Web page:
Dr. Laura L. Sanders E-mail:  L-Sanders [at]
Phone: 773.442.6051 (voice mail) 
available in BBH 130/132. 
Office hours: Tuesday 1:55-2:55 pm, 5:55-6:55 pm
                       Wednesday 11:50-12:50 pm
                       Friday 1:30-2:30 pm
                       or by appointment.
During office hours, I can be found in BBH 130 or 132.

Web page:
Tif Probst, Peer Mentor E-mail:  T-Probst [at]
Office hours:  Tuesday 4-6 pm
                        Wednesday 12-3 pm
                        or by appointment.
Location:  Ronald Williams Library, 4th floor (look to the left as you get off the elevator).
Paty Jaimes, Peer Mentor E-mail:  P-Jaimes1 [at]
Office hours:  Monday 12-2 pm
                        Wednesday 12-2 pm
                        Friday 1:30-3 pm
                        or by appointment.
Location:  BBH 130.
Web address (URL) for this page:

Muddy Waters is supported by the National Science Foundation program
Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences
(Award 0914497).

Department of Earth Science | Northeastern Illinois University

Copyright 2013 Laura L. Sanders.  Last updated  April 23, 2013.

Your Instructors:
Dr. Ken Voglesonger

Dr. Laura Sanders

Your Peer Mentors:
Tif Probst

Paty Jaimes