Water Quality Monitoring


What is a watershed, anyway? Check out this map!  Each color represents a different watershed in our country.  A watershed is all of the land area, including the living things, non-living things, including it’s people, their culture and traditions. Learn more about this map here.

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Water Quality Monitoring, that’s a mouthful! What’s it mean? One of the service learning activities we get to do is testing our waters to see how healthy they are! We do a handful of test in total, they are turbidity, dissolved oxygen, temperature, fecal coliform, pH, nitrates, and BOD. What do all these even mean? Here is a great introduction into the different tests we do to test water quality!

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Some of the equations we use for testing water quality can be difficult, here is some good practice!