The Student Watershed Watch (SWW) helps our region’s young people to appreciate our streams, so they may grow to be wise stewards. Each year the SWW brings hundreds of students together from urban and rural school districts in the Maumee Area of Concern to learn about our local environment. Highlights of this two-part program includes water quality testing performed by Junior and Senior High School classes at local stream sites. Students test for temperature, turbity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and many other parameters using standardized test kits to determine the health of the water. Benthic samples are collected from the stream bottoms for analyzing macroinvertebrate communities. The program culminates at a Student Summit where student representatives from participating schools release and compare their results. Students also have an opporunity to network with their peers and local professionals during the poster and workshop sessions of the Summit. Information from previous years including participating schools, sampling sites, and results can be downloaded by contacting Sara Guiher.
Please call Sara Guiher | Water Quality Planner 419-241-9155 ext. 1147 for more information on how your class can get involved or how you can contribute to this educational program.
>>Student Watershed Watch Teacher Workshop
The keynote speaker was Jessica Collier, a PhD candidate at the University of Toledo. She told the story of Lake Sturgeon and efforts to bring this amazing pre-historic fish back to Lake Erie and the Maumee River. Carl Nelson, chief scientist at the Imagination Station in Toledo, was the master of ceremonies.
Sylvania high schools dominated the awards this year but judges noted that all school presentations showed understanding of the material and excellent reporting skills.
The Student Watershed Watch is supported by local sponsors including the City of Toledo, Lucas County Stormwater Utility, First Solar, GM, and Perstorp.
Winning presentations were:
Most Informative Presentation
Most Creative Presentation
Special Award for Most Unique Presentation
Table Top Displays (People’s Choice):
Most Informative Display
Most Creative Display
>>Previous information can be found at the Student Watershed Watch Archive
For More Information:
Water Quality Planner
Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments
300 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
P.O. Box 9508 Toledo, Ohio
Phone: 419.241.9155 ext. 103
Fax: 419. 241.9116
T-shirts through the years:
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