Over the course of four days in late April 2014, every eighth grade student at North Carolinaâs Macon Middle School, Highlands School, Nantahala School, and Trimont Christian Academy visited Cartoogechaye Park, in Macon County, to learn about rivers.
The students rotated through four stations:
1) water chemistry where they had the opportunity to help test water from Cartoogechaye Creek to gain an idea of the streamâs water quality;
2) aquatic insects, where students collected and identified animals like mayflies and caddisflies, learning how life in the river reflects the health of the river
3) fish, where they were able to collect and identify fish in the stream, and then
4) stream flow, where they measured and calculated the downstream movement of water, including the velocity of the water and the total volume of water being moved per second.
The event was organized by the University of Georgia's Coweeta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program, which is based at the USFS Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. (coweeta.uga.edu/), with sizable support from the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee. Other supporters include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, N.C. Natural Heritage Program, and N.C. Division of Water Resources.
Photo credit: Gary Peeples/USFWS
May 18, 2014
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