The Natural Resources Division at Saint-Gaudens NHS has been monitoring the overall water quality and biological integrity of the park’s aquatic ecosystems since 1997. Six permanent monitoring stations were established in 1997 along the Blow-Me-Down and Blow-Me-Up Brooks and at the Blow-Me-Down Pond. In 2005, a seventh monitoring station was added at the Farm Pond, located on a parcel acquired by the park in 1999. In an effort to track the source of water pollution problems, monitoring is done on a monthly basis. Favorite finds among visiting school groups are Water Pennies and Crayfish, both of which are indicators of a healthy stream.
Did You Know?
Augustus Saint-Gaudens ended his formal schooling at age 13 and was then apprenticed for six years to a cameo cutter. He later used this skill to support himself during the early years of his career.