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NSBHS Students Trained to Monitor Estuaries

Oct 2nd, 2013 | Category: AAE Volunteer, Student Scientists


Students in the Aquaculture III class at New Smyrna Beach High School have been coming to the Marine Discovery Center twice a week to learn about the local environment and develop class projects.

Seventeen students and their teacher participated in an Adopt-An-Estuary training workshop in early September. Working in small groups, the students learned how to use water-quality testing equipment, and they completed their first physical/chemical survey during the workshop. During the training session, we discussed the importance of each environmental parameter collected during the survey, and what factors might influence conditions in an estuary. We explored topics such as eutrophication, estuarine food webs, and human interactions with the natural environment.

The class adopted a monitoring location at the Marine Discovery Center site, where they will complete the water quality   surveys monthly to add to the growing database of environmental conditions in the area.