The first day’s objective was to bring to life the plot that had until then existed only as an intricately detailed design and specs graphic.
Despite our best efforts, however, we soon learned that measuring and marking a perfect square on a well-worn field plot is a rather complicated affair.
Later, the actual physical incarnation came into play. This certainly sped up the process of measuring proper lengths.
Pipes arrive at mid-day.
Day 2: let the stormy clouds chase, everyone from the place…(except Manny!)
Manny in medias res on trench day
Day 2’s objective – trench for the plot’s main water line, for the 16 rep water lines and for the future timer power supply. Drafted into the Water Resource Team’s ranks for the day, for his skill with a trencher and his ability to keep cool before seemingly insurmountable obstacles, intrepid TREC field crew member Manny Soto!
The trencher kept us plenty busy – we shoveled loose soil left in its wake and leveled out live wire and water line areas where it could not enter.
Day 3: Nicki’s birthday! (oh yeah…pipe-laying day)
· Piecing together water-meter/valve/pressure gage set-ups in the lab
I cannot thank everyone (Manny, Jorge, Mike, Isaya, David, Tina, Teresa, and Dr. Kati) enough for all of the hard work and effort put into making this plot study (once only a sketch) an actual reality! Even the simplest things on paper take so much effort to actually make happen! In the end, it will all be worth it! I know it’ll be the prettiest lil’ piece of grass at TREC!