On Oct. 18, Camillus Middle School Science Teacher Suzanne Potrikus brought her classes to Nine-Mile Creek to learn about the biology and chemistry of the water. Mathew Webber of Project Watershed helped conduct the classes. Two classes collected data as to the chemical nature of the stream. They were able to run tests to see the pH level and the oxygen level available to support life. Weber used sophisticated equipment to test and explain the phosphate, nitrate, fecal coliform, chloride, turbidity, and total dissolved solids levels in the water.
The values of all these tests were compared to determine that Nine Mile stream at this particular location is in good to excellent condition to support life.
Three classes were knee deep in the stream dredging the water for macroinvertebrates and collecting biological data from the stream. The species collected were sorted into categories to determine population. Upon inspection, the students found a great diversity in the types of organisms inhabiting the stream, supporting that this body of water is a site in excellent condition to support life.
For more information on Project Watershed, visit projectwatershed.org.