North Point High School students in Meladeh McKinnon’s organic chemistry class recently participated in the Bridging the Watershed — Watershed Watchdogs program. Gina McCullough of the Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center collected water from the Piney Branch tributary in the early morning hours of Oct. 26 — the day of the activity.
Students used samples from Piney Branch to determine the Water Quality Index which gives them a broader view of the health of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. They looked for dissolved oxygen, pH levels, turbidity, nitrates, dissolved solids and collected other data for analysis.
Bridging the Watershed programs are available for middle- and high-school students. McKinnon has been at North Point for six years but is familiar with Bridging the Watershed — she previously worked for the program. Hands-on activities bring a “real world” prescriptive to what students are learning inside the classroom, McKinnon said. “It is a connection to real life.”
“It’s more impactful,” McCullough said. “It is their waterway.”
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