Freshwater Academy is a week-long camp that gives high school students the opportunity for hands-on experience and fieldwork in Northwestern Pennsylvania's waterways. Students spend their days studying biology and freshwater ecology at a level they can't achieve in the classroom. They will get wet, they will get dirty, and they will love it!
Monday, July 10, 2017
Testing Water Chemistry
On Monday morning, we all piled in the Creek Connections van and headed to our downstream site at Stainbrook Park. Once there we collected water samples from the middle of the creek. With the help of our counselors, we began to test the water chemistry. We were all able to perform different tests; some of us even had the opportunity to perform multiple tests. They included temperature, pH, total dissolved solids, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, alkalinity, nitrogen, and phosphorus. I tested wide range pH using the kit. This simple test involved adding an indicator solution to the creek water samples and matching the changed water color with the pH slide. Tomorrow we will test the water chemistry upstream and see how the data compares to our downstream chemistry.