Student Workshop on Water Quality Management by Stroud Water Research Center

Student Workshop on Water Quality Management by Stroud Water Research Center

The group of 13 students from Octorara High School and their teacher of animal and plant science participated in a free program led by Stroud Water Research Center.

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Photo by Stroud Water Research Center

The center provides educational programs and professional development for schools and teachers in the Susquehanna River Watershed and across the country and is part of the Sultana Education Foundation (SEF), which inspires people in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to preserve and restore America’s largest estuary.

The workshop lasted three days during which students were introduced to the rich history of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, and were thought about water quality and methods to perform surveys and assessments to better understand the health of a local waterway.

They also experienced a tour of the laboratories learning about careers in science and topics in freshwater ecology, including watersheds, stream orders, chemistries, and how to enter their data into the Water Quality App.

Outdoor activities were planned in such a way so they can learn while having fun. These included seine fishing and aquatic insect collection, wildlife observation in the marsh, and water quality monitoring.

The program was made possible by a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Park Service, Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, and Sultana Education Foundation. The partnership will continue over the next year so that more students and teachers from Octorara High School and the surrounding area can enjoy similar experiences.

Read the full coverage on the Stroud Water Research Center.