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Student Watershed Watch in Perrysburg

Students from the Perrysburg High School Environmental Club began their water quality analysis with samples from the Maumee River October 18. This is the second year for the Perrysburg group, and the 24 th for the Student Watershed Watch. Every year this unique environmental program introduces hundreds of students to environmental careers, provides hands-on field work, and inspires the next generation of environmental stewards.

Student Watershed Watch has two main parts. On testing day, students fan out to watersheds across northwest Ohio to collect and measure. In the field, students note conditions and measure water speed, temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, amount of phosphorus and other nutrients. They collect larvae and macroinvertebrates which can be an indication of water quality. Back in the classroom, students compare their findings with previous years’, chart the data, and make an analysis of water quality.

For the second part of the Student Watershed Watch, all students gather November 14 to present their findings at a summit at the University of Toledo Scott Park campus. At the summit, students make a classroom presentation to the assembled group and set up table displays with their findings. Judges evaluate the presentations and award certificates to classrooms for communication, mastery of the material, and creativity. Students also attend workshops and presentations about environmental careers.


Members of the Perrysburg Environmental Club measure the pH balance of Maumee River waters.


Measuring the amount of phosphorus in the Maumee River at Hood Park.


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