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October 2010
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Student Watershed Watch Testing Date
If history is any judge, sock puppets and cinema verite will tell the story of water quality in the Maumee River watershed this fall as hundreds of area students share their findings in the Student Watershed Watch (SWW).

This popular TMACOG program introduces students from elementary school to college-age to basic field testing and welcomes creative display of student findings. Students and teachers from throughout the Maumee River watershed will be fanning out to area rivers and streams for water testing day, Wednesday, October 13. Then they return to classrooms for further testing, analysis, and to chart their findings. Many schools will be able to compare their results with classroom studies going back 20 years. In November, the students and teachers will all assemble for the Student Summit at the University of Toledo. At the summit, students post their results in table displays, and representatives of each class present findings. Presentation of student findings is usually much more entertaining than ordinary PowerPoint presentations.

The program has a serious mission and students do real science work both in the field and in the classroom. For some young people, their participation in the SWW is the first time they see a fish in the wild. For all, it’s their chance to meet environmental scientists, and perform actual field work involving measuring, math, and animal identification. Students will be testing area waterways for dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, and phosphates among other indicators. Some students will seine for and identify macroinvertebrates, sorting bugs and larvae by their tolerance for pollution.

The SWW is supported by donations that provide testing kits, teacher training, and fund the Student Summit. For more information or to make a donation, contact Matt Horvat, Maumee River Coordinator, at 419.241.9155 ext. 123. Thank you to our major 2010 sponsors: the City of Toledo, First Solar, Perstorp, BP, and Sunoco.

 

Students from Scott High School collect their water samples from Swan Creek at Highland Park on water testing day, 2009.


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