|Post Date:||September 11, 2019|
River Watch is a stream monitoring environmental education program available to school classes and student groups in Hennepin County. The program provides students a hands-on opportunity to learn about assessing water quality and how our actions influence the health of lakes, rivers and streams.
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A healthy stream is home to a variety of organisms, and their presence or absence can indicate a possible change in water quality. To assess water quality, students collect macroinvertebrates (bottom-dwelling spineless organisms including mayflies, stoneflies, snails, beetles, etc.) from streams during the spring and/or fall of each year. Macroinvertebrates are influenced by physical and chemical properties of the stream, so monitoring those organisms helps assess water quality.
River Watch also promotes an understanding of watersheds and how water quality is related to land use and human influences. The collected data is checked, analyzed and distributed to various watershed organizations and other program partners.
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|MAEE Partner||Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge (SEEK)|