On Thursday, May 14th, 90 students from each of Rochester’s two all-girls schools – Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women and Young Women’s College Prep Charter School – will join together for a unique hands-on program where they will earn about the impact of pollution on the health of local waterways, collaborate on the analysis and reporting of their data, and present the information to the local community.
The Scholastic Aquatic Partnership is a collaborative effort of General Motors, the Stormwater coalition of Monroe County, the City of Rochester, and the County of Monroe under the guidance of Delta Laboratories, Inc. with funding made possibly by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) through a grant from the Department of Environmental Conservation. The students will test the waters of Irondequoit Creek and Lake Ontario through water chemistry tests and biotic indices. The students will then work in groups of two to test, document and discuss their findings.
We invite concerned people like you to take an active role in assuring the well-being of your communities' water resources.
Water pollution affects us all. Although there are no easy remedies, correcting water pollution depends on a future generation of informed, concerned citizens. Adopt-A-Stream is an educational volunteer water quality monitoring program designed to help you, help young people, help your local waterway. Groups supported by local cosponsors (civic organizations, sportsmen's clubs or service clubs) agree to observe or evaluate their adopted waterway and take action together to improve their lake, stream, pond, or wetland.
Adopt-A-Stream is designed for volunteer groups, scouting groups, youth organizations and teachers to collect information about their waterway and put it to work. Correcting water pollution also depends on good information. Regular water quality testing provides a mechanism for detecting and documenting problem areas that might otherwise go undetected.
The program provides the framework so that you can plan a monitoring program that suits your objectives. Is there new construction adding sediment? A septic not functioning properly causing low oxygen levels and little life? Is runoff from impervious surfaces like parking lots and streets adding pollutants and litter?