Arriving at the Ponds

When you arrive at the ponds, take some time to look around and learn where you are.

You have probably entered the pond area from Walnut Street.  If so, you are at the South end of the ponds. If you look towards the hills, you are looking East.  If you look towards the BART Station, you are looking West.  If you look straight at the ponds, you are looking North.

Check out the map below:

The pond closest to you at the Walnut Street entrance is Pond C.  This is the last treatment pond that the storm drain water passes through before it enters Tyson Lagoon.  Tyson's Lagoon is to your left, towards the BART station.

Storm drain water enters the treatment pond system at the pond farthest away from you.  This is Pond A.  The water passes through Pond A, goes through the first narrow channel with a bridge over it and enters Pond B.  The water passes through Pond B, enters another channel with a bridge over it, and enters Pond C.   After passing through Pond C, the storm drain water enters Tyson Lagoon.

Please notice that the banks close to the water are very steep.  The water may become very deep, very quickly.  BE CAREFUL AROUND THE PONDS.

Getting Started

Before you go to your station, make sure that you and your group have all the equipment you are supposed to have.

Before you go to your station, make sure that you know which people will be doing what jobs. Remember that  all people in the group are responsible for the results of the group.

Your teacher will tell your group where you will be monitoring.  Make sure that you know where it is before you start off.

Know at what time you need to return to the main group.  Be on time.


Measuring Dissolved Oxygen

Collecting Data

Observing Organisms