Idaho's water quality project involving schools all over the state is
called SITE ( Student's Investigating
Today's Environment ).
Middle School through High School students have been collecting, recording and analyzing water quality data at various sites close to their schools. Manuals for teachers and students have been developed that provide lesson plans and directions in the use of the Water Quality Index. Schools need a computer (either PC or MAC) and communication capabilities to access the Internet as well as the water testing equipment. The web site allows students to have access to each site's data to compare and analyze. Schools such as Cascade High School and Eagle High School have expanded their water testing projects to find solutions to their community problems.
WATER QUALITY INDEX
Students can calculate the Water Quality Index for their site and then
use this index for comparing the water quality on different watershed sites.
The WQI is determined by performing nine tests including dissolved oxygen,
pH, biochemical oxygen demand over 5 days, temperature, total phophate,
nitrates, turbidity, total solids and fecal coliform. The results
of these tests are used to determine a numerical Q-Value. The calculation
of the Q-Value can be explored at the SITE Web site.
|Twin Falls, Idaho: Rock Creek begins in the South Hills and flows through agricultural/ranch, aquacultural, industrial, and residential use areas before emptying into the Snake River. Rock Creek Park, which is within the Twin Falls city limits, is being restored and cleaned up by the Old Towne-Adopt Rock Creek Project. Businesses have contributed time, labor and money to create a tranquil and safe environment for the community. O'Leary Junior High School has partnered with Price Hardware to participate in litter pick-up and also uses their site to test for water quality.||Shoshone Falls on the Snake River, Twin Falls, Idaho
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