The Adopt-a-Watershed project was established as part of the 9th grade science curriculum at WHS. In the fall and spring classes of students visit sites on two tributaries of the Westport River. At each site students measure air and water temperature, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates, turbidity, pH, flow rates, width and depths, and take samples to be tested for Coliform bacteria. The students also conduct a survey of the physical and biological conditions at the sites.
Back in the classroom discharge rates are calculated. An EXCEL data base has been established which subsequent classes will maintain. The students also do extensive work with topographic maps, identifying watershed divides and land uses within each tributary's watershed. The goal of A-A-W project is to establish baseline data for all the tributaries of the Westport River and to continue monitoring these streams as a service to the town.
CARRIED OUT BY:
Westport High School, Grade 9th
Westport, MA, USA
RESPONSIBLE TEACHER / SUPERVISOR:
Mary Anne McQuillan
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL / GROUP DIRECTOR:
Dr. Ronald Pacy