A CIESE Collaborative Project

Discussion Area - Spring 2003


St. James College Letter of Introduction

Home School Students

Somers High School

Bulgaria

Standing Rock High School

Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District

New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies

Piedmont Middle School

Jangsung Girls' High School

 

St. James College Letter of Introduction

Dear Global Water Sampling participants,
We are a small school located within the city of Melbourne, Australia. The name of our school is St. James College and the nember of students at the school is roughly 450. It is located in East Bentleigh, a suburb south east of the city. Our school is closely related to the community and we participate in many community based activities.

The water body we have decided to test is the Yarra River. The Yarra is the main river that runs from the highlands in eastern Victoria through to the suburban inner city area and out to the sea ( Port Phillip Bay). The land use over the course of the river changes quite significantly from dense bushland, through to semi-rural and industrial. We will be testing the river in three different places.
1. Warrandyte. An area that is near the source of the Yarra.
2. Kew. A place around the middle of the river ( suburban/industrial ).
3. Westgate (city). Where the river meets the ocean (docklands/Industrial)

The tests we will be performing are as follows:
" Temperature
" pH
" Dissolved oxygen
" Nitrates
" Phosphates

We will also be recording our general observations.
We expect the water quality of the Yarra River to be relatively clean, close to the source, and more polluted as we get closer towards the city.

Please look out for our results which we will send soon.

From,
The Year 10 Environmental Science Class.


 
Home School Students Letter of Introduction

Let us introduce ourselves. We are a group of three homeschool families with 8 children from grades 1 to 9. We have named our study group Flower Fall Christian School. We are located in Plano, Texas which is north of Dallas at approx. 33N, 96W.

We have chosen to study a branch of Indian Creek which runs through Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. The Preserve is a county park with woodlands, grasslands, a pond and the stream.

We felt that our water quality would be good as the stream is very clear and clean. We used a LaMotte water monitoring kit for all our tests
 

Somers High School Letter of Introduction

Please allow us to introduce ourselves; we are a College Chemistry class at Somers High School, Somers, CT. As an extension of an engineering module on water chemistry and waste water treatment, our class is participating in Connecticut's sponsored Galileo Project. In the past few weeks and in the next few weeks our class will be taking the initiative to investigate the quality of two local streams.
Somers is a small, rural community in north central Connecticut with a history rich in agriculture. Throughout the past few years the community has undergone tremendous growth in population; as a result many new residential neighborhoods have been developed. Both of these situations have enormous implications n the quality of our local watershed, expecially in the Gulf Stream and Scantic River.
Our hypothesis is that as we monitor the two waterways within the town of Somers the quality of the water will degrade as sampling sites move further away from the mountain area through the more populated area of town, ending downstream of a small wastewater treatment plant. It is expected that both nitrates and phosphates will be increasingly elevated as the testing proceeds downstream.


Bulgaria Letter of Introduction

We analyze the quality of the water of the main water basin for Sofia - artificial lake Iskar.

Reservoir ISKAR is the biggest reservoir in Bulgaria and in the Balkan Peninsula. Its construction was finished in 1856. It is situated in 30 kilometers from Sofia. Its water is used for electric power from hydroelectric power stations Pasarel and Kokalyane. The zone Shtarkelovo gnezdo is situated on the shore of reservoir Iskar. There are wooden houses for tourists and people on a vacation and a small restaurant.

We measure the following parameters:
Temperature
pH
Nitrates
Phosphates
Turbidity
Coliform Bacteria
Dissolved oxygen
Carbon dioxide

We have a technical co-operation in the measurements from the Chemical laboratory, which is in Purification station for drinking water Bistrica. It carried out everyday analyzes of the coming into the water-main of Sofia water.

We make tests of each sample three times and take the average value. Our prognosis is that the quality of the water corresponds to the requirements.
 

Standing Rock High School Letter of Introduction

We are writing from Standing Rock High School. It is located in Fort Yates, North Dakota. Our latitude is 46.00 and our longitude is -100.63. Our advantage biology class comes from a very small school and town. Our high school has about 250 students grades 9-12. Our advanced biology class has 7 students. Our towns are very small and we all live on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
We would like to prove that our surface water is safe to drink. Most of us in the class all drink from the same water sources, the Missouri River. Our water is monitored by the M.R.I. project, Municipal Rural Irrigation, located in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

Sincerely
The advanced biology class from Standing Rock High School
 

Woodstown High School Letter of Introduction

Woodstown High School (N39 38ft/54.8, W75 19/16.3) is located in Salem County, New Jersey. We are in the middle of Woodstown, a small community in rural America. Chestnut Run Creek goes through miles of farmland before emptying into the Delaware River. Along the way, it is exposed to many of the chemicals necessary for farming. It is also exposed to the students of the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District as it passes through our playground. ]
We believe that the water in Chestnut Run will be of poor quality do to contamination from chemical fertilizers and pesticides. These chemicals will most likely cause high amounts of phosphates and nitrates to be present in the water.
Water and Agriculture- both necessary for life, but will they ever get along?

 

New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies Letter of Introduction

Our school is the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies. We are located in Manhattan (40*40"N x 74*W). Since October we have been raising brown trout in our classroom. Our goal is to release the parr into the Cross River in Westchester County on May 30, 2003. At the river we will conduct water quality tests to assure that the water is suitable for our fish. We believe that our tests will show that the water is of very high quality. We will accept nothing less for the trout we have cared for all year long.
 



Piedmont Middle School Letter of Introduction

Hello to our fellow water project companions!

Piedmont Middle School is set in the East foothills of San Jose, a city of nearly one million people. We have a mild climate with basically two seasons, summer and winter. Our average temperature is 70 degrees. We NEVER get below freezing. At one time there were orchards and crops throughout the valley. Now, we have become known as the technology capital of the United States, better known as Silicon Valley.

Latitude: 37:20:07N
Longitude: 121:53:38W

We just were awarded the California Distinguished School Award. There are nearly 1,000 students at our school. We have been gathering data from a pond and creek near the school. The arial view shows the pond to the west of the school and the creek, south of the school, looks like a green snake that runs east to west.

We've had a hecka good time checking out the water. It's nice to have class outside. Our hypothesis was that since we had a very dry year, the pond would not be so healthy. We had the same hypothesis for the creek. We are particularly concerned about the dissolved oxygen levels. The pond, because of lack of rain, was three feet below the normal level for winter.

We would like to thank the Berryessa Education Foundation and Intel for awarding grant money so that we could participate in this project.

Thank You!

 

Jangsung Girls' High School Letter of Introduction

Hello from Taebaek, South Korea, to all other participating schools of the global water sampling project lab experiment.

Do you know South Korea where the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea-Japan was held?

Unfortunately, Korea was divided into two parts in the fifties : South and North Korea. Korea is a peninsula in the far East and Taebaek is a small city with a population of about 50,000 inhabitants.

Our altitude is 600 meters and coordinates are 37.10 degrees North and 128.59 degrees East.

The grades in our school range from 9th through 12th grade and there are around 650 girls and 50 teachers at our school. The Science Club of my school has 25 members and we study and research science experiments every Thursday for two hour.
We are excited about participating in such a widespread experiment. We hope the project is successful. Thank you for taking the time to read our letter.
Annyung....(means both hello and goodbye in Korean).

Sincerely yours, Jangsung Girls' High School.