scientists http://michiganradio.org en "River Gypsies" studying three large Michigan rivers http://michiganradio.org/post/river-gypsies-studying-three-large-michigan-rivers <p>This summer, a group of scientists are studying five large rivers in the Midwest&hellip; including the St. Joseph, the Muskegon and the Manistee rivers in Michigan. It&rsquo;s part of a three year study of how large rivers process fertilizers &ndash; and how things like farming and wastewater affect the rivers.</p><p>Tom Kramer spent some time with this group that calls themselves &ldquo;The River Gypsies&rdquo; - here&#39;s his story:</p><p>The forecast says there is a 50/50 chance of thunderstorms, but the River Gypsies can&rsquo;t slow down for a little rain.</p><p>This group of 13 scientists, PhDs, grad students and undergrads has had three weeks to study five rivers in two states &ndash; packing up and moving to a new campground every three or four days. Picnic tables have become temporary laboratories.</p><p>Jennifer Tank, a professor at Notre Dame, says one of her students wasn&rsquo;t all that prepared for this nomadic lifestyle.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Now he did bring a Samsonite suitcase that weighs about 100 pounds into the field with him, but I know that next year he&rsquo;ll have a great dry bag&hellip; so he&rsquo;s learning as he goes along.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:39:43 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3809 at http://michiganradio.org "River Gypsies" studying three large Michigan rivers