Stream Biomonitoring in Bankhead National Forest

Today, we loaded up the nets and microscopes and carried them down to Caney Creek Falls in Bankhead National Forest. The students have already learned about stream bio monitoring in the classroom, but today they learned to use the equipment in the stream. We sorted our findings into 3 groups of macro invertebrates:

*Group 1 critters are super sensitive to pollution

*Group 2 critters live in a wide range of conditions

*Group 3 critters can survive very polluted water

This field study was the second part of Alabama Water Watch training. The students have already completed their water chemistry monitoring certifications. Ardmore and Clements students are involved in this program that is offered through 4-H. Our chemistry testing kit and transportation for the trip has been provided by a grant from PPG.

To see more about this project, check out this article in Athens News Courier.

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