Christopher Sinton

Christopher Sinton

Associate Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies and Science
Faculty, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Roadside Springs

Starting in Fall 2015, my students and I began a study of the roadside springs in central New York State.  The overall plan is to find springs that people regularly visit to fill up bottles, from small containers to five-gallon carboys.  Questions that we want to answer include:

  • What is dissolved in the water?
  • Are there bacteria or other organisms in the water?
  • Does water flow and/or composition change over the year?
  • What reasons lead people to use these water sources?

We are using the ion-chromatograph at Ithaca College and the ICP-OES at Cornell University to analyze the water as well as EPA-based methods to determine the presence of total choliform and e. coli.  Students are developing several interview strategies to understand why people use the springs.

Please visit our website https://www.roadsidesprings.info to see the results of our work.