In the midst of a very active winter weather season, 16 State College Area High School students along with 2 faculty mentors joined Andrew Neal, CZO watershed specialist, and Jennifer Williams, CZO outreach, on a rare sunny day to begin the field component of water quality investigations in the Black Moshannon State Park. The park is located 25 miles northwest of the high school and features a lake fed by springs and small streams. At a site just below the dam, students are learning how to gauge stream flow, collect water quality samples, and measure instantaneous parameters such as temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, oxidation reduction potential, electrical conductivity, and turbidity. Students rotate through each of the sampling stations, learning to measure the water quality parameters and will continue with monthly sampling this academic year, culminating with a presentation at the Shale Network Workshop in May 2014.
Andrew Neal teaches the TeenShaleNetwork students how to gauge stream flow. Photo Credit: M. Nyblade
TeenShaleNetwork students grab random samples for quick analysis with a Horiba multi-parameter water quality sensor. Photo Credit: M. Nyblade