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Student Watershed Watch-
Results of Student Summit 2013

Students gained a new appreciation for a big, prehistoric-looking salamander at the twenty-fourth annual Student Watershed Watch Summit held November 21. The keynote speaker was Greg Lipps, an expert on the aquatic salamander called the hellbender. Students and teachers intently watched a video of Mr. Lipps floating in a creek and investigating under river rocks where the hellbenders protected their eggs. They learned how habitat changes have reduced the population of hellbenders and how the salamanders are being nurtured in controlled situations and released back into appropriate streams. Technicians at the Toledo Zoo and inmates at an Ohio prison are raising hellbenders from eggs to maturity. Mr. Lipps explained that water quality has improved in many eastern Ohio streams because of better control of coal mining. He feels that young hellbenders can be re-introduced in to those streams and have a chance to survive and reproduce.

Following the hellbender presentation, groups of students took their turn on the stage to present results of water quality testing done earlier in the fall. Their presentations reported on water quality from several different watersheds in northwest Ohio. The students collected information on turbidity, pH, dissolved oxygen, amount of bacteria and nutrients. They collected and identified macroinvertebrates and minnows.

Students from Mrs. Schwartz’ advanced science class at Eastwood Middle School:

“I learned about different careers that I could possibly want to explore.” – Jonna N.

Ohio has a very diverse fish population of over 170 species.”
– Jessica S.


“It showed me how much we need to protect our fresh water.” -Morgan L.

Each class participating in the Student Summit presents their findings to the summit, demonstrating their methodology and describing their findings. Each class also creates a table top display that summarizes their findings. These displays may include models, water tanks, and additional computer displays. Judges evaluate the spoken presentations, and the students judge the table top displays.

The Student Watershed Watch is supported by several generous sponsors. TMACOG would like to thank the City of Toledo, the Lucas County Stormwater Utility, Perstorp, BP-Husky Refining, and GM.

See more about the Student Watershed Watch on the TMACOG website here and read about the East Middle School class presentations on their school website.

Winning presentations were:
Oral Presentations :
Overall Best Presentation
Central Catholic
Class of Kim Bremer

Most Informative Presentation
Bowsher High School
Class of Tim Leonard

Most Creative Presentation
Eastwood Middle School
Class of Diane Schwartz

Table Top Displays:
Overall Best Display
Eastwood Middle School
Class of Diane Schwartz

Most Informative Display
Toledo Early College High School
Class of Paulette Cole

Most Creative Display
Eastwood Middle School
Class of Diane Schwartz

Hellbender

Courtesy of Greg Lipps

Testing Day 10.17.2013 photos


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