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River Raisin Project

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River Raisin Project

  1. 1. River Raisin Water Quality Project Sponsored by the Monroe County ISD Mr. Dornberg Mrs. Hunter
  2. 2. Why are we doing this? "We do not just drink water; we are water. Water constitutes 50 to 90 percent of the weight of all living organisms. It is one of the most abundant and important substances on the Earth.” - GLOBE, Hydrology, The Big Picture
  3. 3. What is a Watershed? “ A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place.” -US EPA
  4. 5. River Raisin Watershed Facts <ul><li>Approximately 1,072 square miles, 150 miles long </li></ul><ul><li>Home to 140,000 people </li></ul><ul><li>5 Michigan Counties: Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw, Jackson, Hillsdale; small portion of Fulton County Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>Over 400 lakes & ponds </li></ul><ul><li>3,000 miles of man-made drainage systems </li></ul><ul><li>Source: http://riverraisin.org/features/river_raisin_watershed_info/index_html </li></ul>
  5. 6. The Circle of River Life Source: Everyone Lives in a Watershed
  6. 7. Project Sites Summerfield Dundee St. Michael
  7. 8. REAL Science! <ul><li>GLOBE Program </li></ul><ul><li>River Raisin Institute </li></ul><ul><li>LaMotte test kits </li></ul><ul><li>Chemicals </li></ul><ul><li>Longitudinal water quality study </li></ul>
  8. 9. The Tests <ul><li>Water temperature </li></ul><ul><li>pH </li></ul><ul><li>Dissolved oxygen </li></ul><ul><li>Nitrates </li></ul><ul><li>Salinity </li></ul>
  9. 10. Safety First <ul><li>Life jackets </li></ul><ul><li>Gloves </li></ul><ul><li>Goggles </li></ul><ul><li>Long sleeves </li></ul><ul><li>No shorts </li></ul><ul><li>No sandals, open-toe shoes, or heels </li></ul>
  10. 11. Group Job Assignments <ul><li>Site plan recorder </li></ul><ul><li>Data recorder </li></ul><ul><li>Water sample collector </li></ul><ul><li>Protocol officer </li></ul><ul><li>Timer </li></ul><ul><li>Observers/interpreters </li></ul>
  11. 12. Protocol Videos <ul><li>Dissolved oxygen </li></ul><ul><li>Nitrates </li></ul><ul><li>Salinity </li></ul>
  12. 13. Check Out Our Website: <ul><li>http://mcisdriverraisin.wikispaces.com </li></ul>

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