The M.E.S.M.S. Stream Study

New York

The stream study program at Mildred E. Strang Middle School has been part of the sixth-grade curriculum for over 20 years.  The goal of the program is teach the students how to determine the quality of water by implementing many aspects of the biomonitoring program created by the Izaak Walton League of America.  Students are introduced to many of the hands-on procedures of a stream study such as testing for pH and dissolved oxygen, identifying and making the student body aware of possible sources of pollution, and of course collecting and identifying the various types of macroinvertebrates.  Through careful collection, identification and presentation of this data, students are able to see how biomonitoring is crucial to maintaining a healthy watershed. 

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Looking forward to starting our stream study unit. Data reports and media coming soon.

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