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Avery Brook Watershed

The Avery Brook watershed lies just to the west of the MacLeish Field Station and drains to Northampton's primary water supply reservoirs. Both Smith and the City of Northampton have an interest in this watershed and the reliable measurement of flow in Avery Brook. During 2008-09 a Design Clinic team composed of students from the Picker Engineering Program completed a preliminary design for a flow measurement system. This past year, four faculty from biological sciences and one from geosciences initiated research projects with students to better understand biogeochemical processes and the role beaver ponds play in the Avery Brook Watershed.