OHIO, Lucas SWCD – It might have looked a bit peculiar to anyone walking the trails at Wildwood Preserve Metropark on a recent summer day or visiting the historic Manor House. What was that large group of adults doing splashing around in a shallow stretch of the Ottawa River?
Well, science takes on many different forms, and this recent wet and muddy fest was part of the preparation for a major anniversary celebration. Teachers from junior high and high schools around the region were there to learn the techniques and strategies they will need to be certified water quality data collectors as the Student Watershed Watch marks its 30th year.
“This is citizen science at work,” said Sara Guiher, water quality planner for TMACOG.
The program gives teachers the background on the biological, chemical, and physical factors that measure the health of water and habitat, so they can utilize this foundation when they bring their students out in the field this fall. The training is facilitated by the Ohio EPA, in partnership with the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG), the Ohio Department of Natural Resources — Scenic Rivers, and the Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District.