July 25, 2006
I was excited that we would sample a creek nearby in Charleston, the historic city near our school in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Charleston was founded in 1670 and relocated in 1680 to the peninsula between the Ashley River and the Cooper River. Charleston became a shipping center during the late 17th and 18th centuries and is now the largest port in the southeast United States. New Market Creek flows right under our new bridge on the Cooper River. It was fun to look up and see the marvelous design of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, but to look down and see old tires, car parts, bicycles, bottles, and other trash was not fun. I was very curious if we would find anything alive in the seine.
Our Crew met around 11:30 because the low tide we needed for sampling the creek was around noon that day. Guy had all the equipment laid out for the second day of the sampling trip to New Market Creek. I knew Sara Jones from the sampling we had done together in Brunswick. I met Ross Garner, graduate student and Logan Roberts, undergraduate student. Many of the students attend the College of Charleston. The team had taken water and soil samples the day before and had deployed the sonde.
Today was the second day of the creek monitoring and I was eager to film the researchers pulling the seine. Guy has a Canon camera similar to mine and mentioned that he had bought a plastic cover for his camera so that he could take pictures underwater. I think that would be useful for protecting my digital camera while taking photos in the marsh. The walk to the marsh was easy and it was exciting seeing the bridge from the underneath.
Guy used the GPS unit to find the location of the reaches and we made quick work of pulling the seine and bagging the samples at each reach. I look forward to comparing the data collected from this suburban creek winding through Charleston to the other creeks monitored in the Tidal Creeks Monitoring and Assessment Project.