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WHS Students Testing Water At The South River

These pictures are from a field trip the Ecology students took to study water quality.  We assessed the South River at Ridgeview Park.  We measured the pH, the nutrient levels, and the turbidity (big clear tube).  We also collected organisms from the stream, identified them, and counted them.  We used a math model to give our river a “score” based on the number and type of organisms we found.  The students had a good time wading into the water and seeing the different kinds of organisms living there.  The score we got for the South River was in the “unacceptable” range, but just barely.  A follow-up to this field trip was a walking trip led by the city’s Public Works department on the storm water systems in Waynesboro, how they work, and how they are designed to reduce pollution in the South River.  This is of special interest to our class because we are currently raising trout that will eventually be released into  the South River in the spring.

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