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Save the Dogs - Water Quality of the Maumee River from 2019-2020

Organization(s):McKinley STEMM Academy
Student(s):Devon Bailey Aaliyah Barnhisel Sharae Berry Donevin Blake Ma'Niya Daniel Brandon Farmer Donyel Forrest Ivo Hackett Blaze Haley Ki'Andre Hicks Mekhi Jackson Key'Von Jones-Wyley Jade Latson Mckenzy Lounsbury Luis Osley Michael Smith Qua'Ta Snipes Uriah Staples
Grade Level:Upper Primary (grades 3-5, ages 8-11)
GLOBE Teacher:Cynthia Madanski
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report
Protocols:Dissolved Oxygen, Freshwater Macroinvertebrates, Nitrates, pH, Water Temperature, Water Transparency
Presentation Poster: View Document
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Date Submitted:03/09/2021
The Toledo area is notorious for having harmful algal blooms in the summer months. We read articles about toxic algae, including an article highlighting a current algal bloom happening in the summer of 2020 in Toledo. With this relevance to our own lives, we asked the question “Is the water in Toledo safe enough for Mohawk and other dogs to swim in?” Last year, students found the water was safe. We wanted to see if it is safe again this year, or if anything has changed in the Maumee River at Sidecut Metropark. The GLOBE protocols used to answer this research question were water temperature, fecal coliform bacteria, Biochemical Oxygen Demand, phosphate, nitrate, turbidity, total solids, water transparency, pH, dissolved oxygen, and macroinvertebrates. We collected data once for all protocols, between 9:07-10:57am on October 8, 2020. We used past results from October 2019 to compare. The results showed that the water quality was worse in 2020.


1 Comment

Thank you for sharing your findings. It was an informative research. I love the way you explained all the water quality variables. Your research has scientific significance. How did you determine your Q-value? Did you do cloud  observations before taken the surface temperature? I saw that the values you observed for 2019 and 2020 for surface temperature were relatively small, what do you think could be responsible for this result?