Student Watershed Watch
Up to 800 students from all around the Maumee River watershed will be out collecting water samples Wednesday, October 19. They are participating in the twenty-second annual Student Watershed Watch (SWW).
The SWW involves students from middle school through high school in a hands-on exploration of natural resources in their own backyards. Their analysis of waterways in our region includes practical exercises in math, physics, and chemistry. In addition to measuring and testing, the students also collect benthic macroinvertebrates. The variety of larvae and other bugs are an indicator of the health of a river or stream.
The second part of the program will be the Student Summit November 15 at Nitschke Hall at the University of Toledo. At the summit, classrooms set up table top displays with their findings and also present creative reports to the assembled students from the stage of the hall. In previous years the presentations have included dramatic readings, video “news” presentations, and puppets.
The SWW is supported by generous donations from local governments and from business and industry. Donations provide materials and training for teachers and supplies required for water quality testing. For more information on supporting the SWW, contact Matt Horvat at 419.241.9155, ext. 123. Horvat has been TMACOG’s Maumee River Coordinator organizing the SWW since 1992.