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Chesapeake Bay Commission Supports Local River Efforts

June 4, 2007

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – For the third consecutive year, the Chesapeake Bay Commission will support efforts by area students to monitor the water quality of Susquehanna River tributaries. A $55,000 grant will support the project conducted by Susquehanna University's Science in Motion (SIM) program and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC). Teachers participating in the project will attend a training workshop at Susquehanna University on Monday and Tuesday, June 18-19.

Designed to engage secondary science students who reside along the branches of the Susquehanna River, the project entails data collection and reporting of the water quality in the contributing water supplies along the north and west branches of the Susquehanna River and its tributaries. The chemical data collected for this sediment and nutrient monitoring project includes the amounts of ammonia, nitrite, nitrogen, phosphorus and orthophosphate found in streams within the Susquehanna River Basin. Streams sampled last year include Fishing Creek, Green Creek, Limestone Run, Little Mahanoy Creek, Lost Creek, Middle Creek, Shamokin Creek, and Ten Mile Run. All data collected is displayed on the SIM Web site [www.susqu.edu/SIM].

Schools who participated in the project last year include Bloomsburg Area High School, Central Columbia Senior High School, Juniata Senior High School, Milton Area Senior High School, North Schuylkill Senior High School, Selinsgrove Area High School and Shikellamy High School.

“The water quality program allows students to use equipment that my high school could not afford. With American students so far behind other countries in math and science, I feel programs such as the SIM-SRBC Water Quality Project offer a lot of ‘bang for the buck' in bringing science education back to where it should be,” says John Slotterback, an environmental science teacher at North Schuylkill Senior High School. Karen Avery, a biology teacher at Milton Area Senior High School, says the program enhances the education students receive in the classroom. “My students have learned about watersheds and water testing in the classroom and even the lab, but when charged with a day in the field, the information takes on new meaning to them,” she says.

Contact: Victoria Kidd
570-372-4119

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