TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Students at Scott High School were studying the algal bloom in the Maumee River from their desks over the past couple of weeks. On Tuesday, however, they made it out to Swan Creek to do studying in the field.
The students tested the health of the water that ends up in the Maumee River, then out to western Lake Erie Basin.
"You can do more experimenting than just writing on a piece of paper. It's more fun that way," Scott student Destiny Oshodin said.
Specifically, the students the creek's currents to see how fast chemicals moves down the stream.
"We were studying the velocity of the water," Scott student Trinity Bester said. "So we put an apple in and we measured the time for a meter long to see how long it takes."
The students explained the current often picks up after a rain event. The rain often brings with it different sediments and nutrients like nitrates and phosphorus that can cause algal blooms.
After testing the current, the students tested the water itself for nitrates and phosphorus.
Teacher Jahnine Blosser says she is happy the Toledo Watershed Program is back in the school after a two-year hiatus.
"I brought in a milk jug full of the algae that was in the Maumee that I had picked up at Middle Grounds Park," Blosser said. "That just really sparked everybody talking about, 'Oh my gosh! What are we going to be able to do once we got down here?'"
The students did not find any unusual algae in Swan Creek so they were able to get in the water and test it.
Blosser also said this experimental learning teaches the students how to be good stewards of our water.
There are 16 different high schools involved with this project and they'll be gathering their data and presenting it in November.