Sunday, May 15, 2016

Watershed watch

This summer/fall we have signed up to help monitor the water quality in one of our local streams.  It is part of the University of Rhode Island "Watershed Watch" program (see

We get to take samples from the Shunock River in North Stonington every two weeks and test the water temperature and oxygen content.  Each month we also take additional samples and drop them off at URI for more complex testing (pH, microbes, turbidity, etc).

Today was the first sampling point of the season, so we duly took our samples, ran out chemical tests, and drove to Kingston to drop off our samples.  This gives an opportunity to practice our chemistry skills and help to preserve our local environment.

Sampling point at the Shunock River.

Testing the samples for oxygen content.

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