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Students Study Waterways of the Maumee Watershed

High school students from schools throughout the Maumee watershed are expected to participate in the 20th annual Student Watershed Watch in October and November. The annual Student Watershed Watch introduces young people to careers in environmental sciences and involves them in on-going monitoring of local natural resources.

As part of the high school science curriculum, students will be learning habitat evaluation skills and taking the measure of local waterways. On October 14, students test area creeks and rivers for dissolved oxygen, sediment, pH (acidity), the presence and amounts of nitrogen and potassium, and other characteristics that relate to water quality. They also seine for fish and macro invertebrates that live in the water. November 20, all the classroom groups will gather at the University of Toledo, Nitschke Hall , to share their findings in an all-day, all-school summit. Student presentations include both spoken presentations and table displays. In previous years creative presentations have ranged from short dramatic films, to puppet shows and PowerPoint presentations. Student understanding and presentation of the material will be evaluated and rated by environmental professionals. Students will also have the opportunity to attend workshops on a range of topics.

 

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