Bowdoin, Partners Teach Watershed Stewardship

Story posted June 27, 2007

Bowdoin College geology professor Peter Lea is heading a watershed hydrology workshop June 25 – 29, 2007, that strives to equip high school teachers with projects and activities that they can bring back to their students.

Bowdoin has partnered with Mt. Ararat, Morse and Brunswick High Schools and a number of governmental and nongovernmental agencies concerned with Merrymeeting Bay to develop a watershed community dedicated to education, research and stewardship. This community will define service-learning projects on local watersheds, collect and share water quality data and interact regularly in person and online.

Students will aid in the study of pollutants in the local watershed by gathering data such as water quality, temperature and oxygen concentrations, which with the help of Bowdoin’s Information Technology department, will then be plugged into a database.

The workshop’s organizers say all of the participants benefit: Bowdoin and high-school students will learn by conducting real world water quality research and by interacting with community members, and policy makers and citizen groups will contribute to setting research and conservation priorities and will gain ready access to watershed data.

They say other less tangible but real benefits of such a community include connections that energize participants and raise aspirations for students and the strengthening of a collective ethic of stewardship for the watersheds that contribute to Merrymeeting Bay.

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