LCCA and Norwich University Collaborate

The Norwich University “David Crawford School of Engineering Civil Engineering Dept.” is very excited to be working with the Lake Carmi Camper's Association on mitigating the phosphorus in Lake Carmi as the Civil Engineering Dept. senior project.

Below is the first letter to the Lake Carmi Camper's Association from the David Crawford School of Engineering Civil Engineering Dept. 

The main goal in this senior project is to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Carmi. They hope to achieve this by designing a unique filter system that uses novel media, such as gypsum and pervious concrete.

Special thanks to Andrea and Ernie Englehardt for spearheading this collaboration between the Lake Carmi Camper's Association and the Norwich University David Crawford School of Engineering Civil Engineering Dept.

                 

Norwich University David Crawford School of Engineering Civil Engineering Dept.

 

158 Harmon Drive Northfield, VT 05663

 

October 4, 2016

 

LCCA, Inc.

P.O. Box 1

Franklin, VT 05457

 

Dear Lake Carmi Camper’s Association,

 

We are very excited to be working with you on mitigating the phosphorus in Lake Carmi as our senior project. Our team consists of John Donohue and Greg Dusseault, under the advisement of Professors Tara Kulkarni and Simon Pearish. We are looking forward to working on this project because the environmental engineering side of civil engineering piques our interests and we would also like to help out your community by making the lake clean again. Phosphorus entering water bodies is a major problem in Vermont that needs a widespread solution, which we would like to find. We will be building off of the work done by the group that worked on this project the previous year.

Our main goal in this project is to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Carmi. We hope to achieve this by designing and our own filter system that uses novel media, such as gypsum and pervious concrete. We will be extensively testing different combinations of media to determine which one best removes phosphorus from water. We believe if we can design an effective enough filter, then we can patent it and employ its use in the farms surrounding Lake Carmi, lowering the amount of phosphorus that enters the lake, and causing less pollution and algal blooms. This could also help other communities facing the same problem.

We have already conducted some field work and testing and expect to begin some experiments and have some initial results by the beginning of November. Filter design work will commence from there, with a goal of completing all work tentatively by the end of March. We will be presenting our findings and finished product in April.

We are extremely thankful for your enthusiastic cooperation and are appreciative of the hospitality we received during our first trip to the lake. We will continue to stay in contact with you throughout the entirety of this project. Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us at jdonohue@stu.norwich.edu and gdusseau@stu.norwich.edu. We look forward to hearing from you and continuing to work with you on this project.

  

Sincerely,

John Donohue

Greg Dusseault

  

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