The Honesdale National Bank Foundation recently awarded Misericordia University a $3,000 grant for continued research at the Water Quality Monitoring Station at the Lehman Sanctuary. The monitoring station is set up to monitor water quality characteristics continually and remotely, including temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity, using advanced telemetry. It makes experiential learning accessible to Misericordia students and members of the local community while fostering within each of them an appreciation for and understanding of our natural environment.
The project aims to foster relationship-building between students of all ages and their natural world, teaching students about the importance of biodiversity and ground and surface water protection. Misericordia's focus is to further Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education by connecting students' science and technology skills to real-world applications.
David Raven, Honesdale National Bank President, and CEO explained, "The sanctuary provides a unique classroom for students to learn while creating hands-on opportunities with wildlife and the environment. We are happy to contribute funds to this organization to continue providing an exclusive learning experience for scholars in our community."
The 17-acre Lehman Sanctuary is located within the ecologically important Huntsville Reservoir watershed. It is home to diverse habitats, including older growth forests, spring seeps and streams overlooking a marsh, and rare species such as the Northern Water Thrush and the Four Toed Salamander. It is maintained by Chris Miller and his family, who have welcomed the community to this unique ecosystem for 20 years.
Funding will be used for needed equipment and technology upgrades so that the station can continue to measure water quality parameters into the foreseeable future.