Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Water Chemistry Upstream

Yesterday morning, we, Creek Campers, went to the upstream to do some water chemistry. We conducted the same tests on the water that we did downstream, so that we could compare the results. We tested for PH,  total dissolved solids, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, alkalinity, nitrogen and phosphorous. We collected the  data in order to compare it to the data collected downstream and see what water is more healthy relative to its location to the dam. For each single water test we had different kits with different intructions to follow. We found out that the temperature downstream and upstream were very close 23 and 24 degrees Celsius. Many other chemical parameters such as pH and alkalinity were really close as well. Others instead such as turbidity and total dissolved solids differed slightly between the water samples collected upstream and downstream. Compared to Monday morning when we first did the test downstream,  it took us less time as we had already gotten to know the test kits and most of us already knew the steps to follow to test for the chemical parameters. 

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