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TMACOG Student Watershed Watch Archive

2017 Information:

Follow up:
Friday, November 3, 2017 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
University of Toledo Scott Park Campus Student Center

More than 130 students from elementary school to high school met at the University of Toledo Scott Park Campus for the annual Student Watershed Watch Summit on Friday, November 3. They presented results of their water quality testing research and explored careers in environmental science.

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:

Oral Presentations:  
Best Overall Presentation
Sylvania Southview High School
Most Informative Presentation
Sylvania Northview High School
Most Creative Presentation
Westside Montessori
Special Award for Most Unique Presentation
Natural Sciences Technology Center
Table Top Displays (People's Choice)  
Overall Best Display
Sylvania Northview High School
Most Informative Display
Sylvania Southview High Schoo
Most Creative Display
Sylvania Northview High School

2016 _________________________________________________

Student Watershed Watch

>>2016 Program

>>SWW Flyer

Student Watershed Watch Testing Day 10.5.16

Time to get our feet wet!

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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 Kari Gerwin .

Please call 419-241-9155 ext. 123 for more information on how your class can get involved or how you can contribute to this educational program.


2015 Event
>>Student Watershed Watch Summit program

Most Creative Presentation
Westside Montessori
Student Watershed Watch - West Montessori, Hill Ditch, 2015
Best Overall Presentation
Sylvania Northview High School
Student Watershed Watch - Sylvania Northview, 10-Mile Creek 2015
Most Informative Presentation
Navarre Elementary
Student Watershed Watch - Navarre Elementary 7th Grade, Maumee River 2015


Resource Materials
How to Obtain Cooordinates for a Testing Site

SWW Summit Presentation Criteria Revised 10.29.10 SWW Summit Judges Score Sheet Revised 10.29.10CurriculumGuide | Water Quality Testing for Secondary Schools [PDF 4.1 MB]Curriculum Guide | Water Quality Testing for Secondary Schools APPENDIX [PDF 2.0 MB]

UPDATED SWW Data Recording Form [MS Excel Form] | Click on link & then click "Save". Then another window will appear prompting you to save the excel file to your hard drive.

Dichotomous Key for Macroinvertebrates [PDF 2.3MB] Additional Survey Data Sheets [PDF 2.9MB] 3M Petri Film Use Instructions [PDF 58KB]

3M Petri Film Interpretation Guide [PDF 1.2MB]

For More Information:

Sara Guiher
Water Quality Associate
Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments
300 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
P.O. Box 9508 Toledo, Ohio
Phone: 419.241.9155
Fax: 419. 241.9116

T-shirts through the years:



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