A dozen students from Otsego Northern Catskill BOCES are set to share their studies on micro hydroelectric power at the next Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee meeting Wednesday.
Eleventh- and 12th-grade students, under the direction of agriculture production and science teacher John Janiszewski and science co-teacher Jill Eichler, will present the findings of their group projects on the feasibility and setup of micro hydroelectric systems based on working models they developed. Hydroelectric power is used by many major utility suppliers in the form of hydroelectric dams.
"Micro-hydro" power is another option for gathering electric power from moving water sources by using small water turbines fed from a river or stream or via elevated water storage tanks. In their research and application, the BOCES students are focusing on the latter method.
This project, "Designing and Constructing a Micro Hydroelectric Model," was made possible by a $500 award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), recognizing its creativity and potential for increasing students' knowledge about energy issues and global climate change. Working with the agriculture production and science class, ONC BOCES visual arts students are also developing informational brochures, posters, PowerPoint presentations and movies on micro hydroelectric as part of the study.
The WQCC meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. in Classroom A, will be hosted by the Otsego County Planning Department at 140 County Highway. 33, Cooperstown. This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required by today. Those interested in attending should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 547-4488.
This event is made possible thanks to the Otsego County WQCC which, in order to better satisfy the educational component of its mission, has restructured its monthly meetings to include public information sessions. The OCWQCC was established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District.
It is composed of a diverse group of people representing state and local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and lake associations. These members have technical expertise and knowledge and are committed to working to improve and maintain the quality of water in Otsego County through the reduction of nonpoint source pollution within its boundaries.
For more information on the WQCC, visit www.otsegosoilandwater.com/waterqualitycc.html.