Students from grade school through college will be testing water quality and habitat conditions throughout the Rouge River watershed in southeast Michigan during October, according to a report from the News-Herald.
The area-wide initiative is coordinated by the nonprofit watershed group Friends of the Rouge. Their goal is to educate students on the importance of water quality and natural areas.
Participating students will test for nine chemicals, document stream bank erosion and measure flow velocities in the Rouge and area wide streams. They will also get the chance to identify macroinvertebrates.
The Rouge Education Project began in 1987 and brings students to area rivers and streams twice a year in spring and fall to monitor water quality.