Houghton, MI, United States
Students in 7th and 8th grade science at HMS have adopted an urbanized region of Huron Creek. They conducted water quality testing, including copper, which was found to be high due to past copper mining and stamp sand dumping. Native seeds and seedlings were planted to encourage an increase in biodiversity along the creek.
Students tested dissolved oxygen, pH, and temperature using PASCAL interfaces and probes along 3 stations at Huron Creek. The area is surrounded by parking lots and commercial buildings. Also, water samples were tested for copper content using our newly acquired colorimeter. Tests were conducted in the fall AND this past week (April). Students are currently planning which native plants they want to add to the banks of our adopted creek section, and we are in the process of working with researchers at MTU to test different plants for effectiveness in removing copper from soil and water. The goal is to continue the project next year when current 7th graders return as 8th graders!