The Effect of Acid Precipitation on Water Quality in Cove River

Organization(s):West Haven High School
Student(s):Jaime Barnes, Brittany Case, and Dalia Abu Sitteh
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
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Report Type(s):Standard Research Report
Date Submitted:05/10/2012

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Cove River is located in the West Haven/New Haven area and is about 7 kilometers long. Cove river has a historically known research site on Jones Hill Road in West Haven. The site has previously been used for archeological digging and other research by environmentalists. As students at West Haven High School, the site has been used as a research zone for the Advanced Placement Biology class with Mr. Kevin Dickson. The focus of the data collected was to determine the effect of acid precipitation on the environment in West Haven and world wide. The research was done by finding the amount of phosphates and nitrates in the water and how these measurements were affected by the temperature of air and water, dissolved oxygen, and pH. Once a month, a sample of water was taken by students and put through a variety of water quality tests. After the information was recorded in journals and put on the GLOBE database, students reviewed the information to conclude if acid precipitation was affecting Cove River. Based on the results given by the data, the students were able to determine if acid precipitation was a world wide problem.


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