September 2009
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Portage Watershed Teachers Gain Water
Testing Skills

Teachers from throughout the Portage River watershed were trained in water quality testing at a full-day session held August 10. The teachers, from both grade school and high school classrooms, received training from the Ohio EPA in how to take water samples and complete measurements of water quality. Teachers learned how to evaluate habitat, identify macroinvertebrates, and practice procedures for the chemical testing of water quality. The teacher training correlates to the Ohio Science Content Standards. With this training, the teachers may qualify to be Credible Data Collectors Level One, whose records are accepted and used by the EPA.

When school starts, the teachers will use their training in and out of the classroom. The teachers are part of the Portage River Basin Council Student Congress which introduces students to water quality testing as part of science classes at their schools. The Student Congress is supported and sponsored by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Ottawa and Wood counties.

Teacher training took place on a tributary of the Portage River at
Schedel Arboretum & Gardens in Elmore.

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