2012 – 2013 Water Quality Monitoring

Sponsored by:

Wood River Land Trust

Project Champion:

Daphne Muehle

What are the appropriate grade levels:

9 to 12

Is there a limit to the number of participants:

Depending upon funding, I believe we can accommodate on two or three classrooms.

Is there an opportunity for community service:

Yes – 3 to 4 hours

Is this a new or existing project:

This is a new project.

Estimated project cost:




You can’t tell much about the quality of water simply by looking at it as most pollutants are invisible to our eyes. In the Wood River Valley, we are surrounded by many creeks and rivers with the Big Wood River running through our towns. Since water is such a vast network (made up of rivers, springs, creeks, swamps, estuaries, wetlands, lakes, bays, etc.) water quality is important to test.

Every living thing on earth needs water to survive. Human bodies are made up of more than 60 percent water. We use clean water to drink, grow crops for food, operate factories and we enjoy clean water to swim, surf and play in. Water is vitally important to every aspect of our lives.

By helping to fund the purchase of testing equipment, students can then help to monitor the quality of surface water to help protect our waterways from pollution. Farmers may be able to use the information to help better manage their land and crops. Our local, state and national governments use monitoring information to help us control pollution levels. We can use this information to understand exactly how we impact our water supply and to help us understand the important role we all play in water conservation.

Scientists use many different instruments to determine the quality of water, including Secchi disks (to measure water clarity), probes, nets, gauges and meters. Water is not just measured by direct sampling. Information can also be derived from collecting organisms that live in the body of water.

Students who participate in this project will learn about the importance of water quality and our actions that affect water quality. Wood River Land Trust has a few places we would like to test water annually, and we hope that future students will carry on the tradition of helping Wood River Land Trust keep our waterways clean.

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Classrooms who have adopted this project

Wood River High School
11th and 12th
Larry Barnes
20 students