Title

Water Quality in Crystal Creek and How it Relates to Salmon Viability

Presenter Information

Dale Sweet

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Walter Strom, Salmon, Water quality

Abstract

Sixth-grade students at Walter Strom Middle School study the life cycle of salmon all year long which includes raising Chinook salmon from egg to fry in the classroom. Walter Strom Middle School has adopted Crystal Creek, a small creek a short quarter mile walk from campus. The sixth-grade's responsibility in this adoption is to monitor water quality. In combining these two major units of study, the sixth graders are posed the yearlong question: If we released our salmon into Crystal Creek would they be viable? Throughout the school year students collect water quality data in the areas of temperature, pH level, dissolved oxygen level, and flow rate. Students research water quality needs for salmon in the same areas. A comparison is made between collected data and researched data to determine if salmon could live in Crystal Creek.

Poster Number

23

Faculty Mentor(s)

Sweet, Dale

Additional Mentoring Department

K-12

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Water Quality in Crystal Creek and How it Relates to Salmon Viability

SURC Ballroom C/D

Sixth-grade students at Walter Strom Middle School study the life cycle of salmon all year long which includes raising Chinook salmon from egg to fry in the classroom. Walter Strom Middle School has adopted Crystal Creek, a small creek a short quarter mile walk from campus. The sixth-grade's responsibility in this adoption is to monitor water quality. In combining these two major units of study, the sixth graders are posed the yearlong question: If we released our salmon into Crystal Creek would they be viable? Throughout the school year students collect water quality data in the areas of temperature, pH level, dissolved oxygen level, and flow rate. Students research water quality needs for salmon in the same areas. A comparison is made between collected data and researched data to determine if salmon could live in Crystal Creek.