The winter water quality data was quite interesting for this year. Many of our dissolved oxygen samples were less than 4 ppm, which is not healthy. Usually, winter water holds more oxygen due to the colder temperatures, but that was not the case for many testing sites this season.
As a group, we discussed that this could be due to the high amount of rain and warmer temperatures.
All of our fecal coliform bacteria tests were also positive, meaning that we did find bacteria present in the water.
The good news to report is that the other testing parameters of nitrate, phosphate, pH, and turbidity were all in a good, healthy range.
All Watershed Explorers did an amazing job testing the water in-class. Congratulations to all of you for being top-notch scientists.