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Students participate in stream watch
In October, fifth-grade classes participated in a program called “stream watch.” The program helped determine the health of the Delaware River. 
 
Teachers Jean Maxwell and Judy Ogden, along with Katie Palm, who is an educator from the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, ran the activities for the students. The fifth graders rotated through three stations and learned to make observations about water quality, based on physical, chemical, and biological data. The stream watch is a science-based program focusing on the health of waterways in the watershed area. 
 
The data collected included:
 
Biological data: Students used kick nets to collect macroinvertebrates from the river. They then classified and sorted the macroinvertebrates. This served as biological indicators of water quality, and gave clues to the health of the river. 
Chemical data: The students did chemical testing of the river to check its health. Chemical testing included dissolved oxygen levels, nitrate levels, and pH levels of the water. 
Physical data: The physical data collected included velocity (flow), turbidity, and temperature. 
 
By combining the data, the students were able to discover clues about water quality and health of the river. Their research indicated the Delaware River is healthy.
 
To view a gallery of photos, please see below. 
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