Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies2801 Sharon Turnpike; P.O. Box ABMillbrook, NY 12545-0129 USA
Vicky Kelly manages the Cary Institute's Environmental Monitoring Program, which includes monitoring climate as well as air, precipitation and streamwater quality, solar radiation, phenology and the behavior of water in the landscape. Data from the program have been used to understand the dynamics of road salt and the effects of climate change on precipitation chemistry.
Current projects include the effectiveness of road salt reduction practices, the impact of climate change on plant and animal life cycle events (phenology) and monitoring of water at the landscape scale.
Recent publications include Road Salt, Moving Toward the Solution and The State of the Environment, Dutchess County.
Environmental Monitoring is a long-term program designed to understand how our environment changes over time. Long-term monitoring allows us to evaluate legislation aimed at controlling pollution and climate change.
Increasing salt in our streams has been a concern at the Cary Institute for many years. Even in the relatively undeveloped watershed of the East Branch of Wappinger Creek, the salt levels have increased since 1985 when sampling began.
At the Cary Institute we monitor biological organisms in a variety of programs. One of those programs uses phenology, the study of the timing of seasonal changes and life cycle events.
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