Participate in Biomonitoring Workshop
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|On Monday, May 6, 2002, F. X.
Browne, Inc. conducted a biomonitoring workshop for 11th and 12th
grade students from Palisades High School in Kintnersville, PA. The students, who attend Paul Cross’s Environmental Science
class, had been learning about aquatic biology as part of their regular
classroom curriculum. The
workshop gave the students a chance to expand their knowledge with a
Palisades High School Students on site
at Cooks Creek
Cook Creek Restoration Project Location
The workshop is part of
the Cooks Creek Restoration Project, a local stream improvement initiative
sponsored by the Bucks County Chapter of Trout Unlimited and funded by the
Pennsylvania Growing Greener Program.
|During the workshop, students
learned how to collect and identify aquatic insect samples to determine
water quality and how to perform visual assessments of the stream habitat.
A second workshop will be held in the near future at the same
location for students to conduct more intensive studies.
Students pick through samples to
identify aquatic insects
Groups of students examining samples
|This section of Cooks Creek is
scheduled for a stream restoration project to be conducted this fall.
Students from Palisades High School will be assisting with
this restoration by planting trees along the stream.
Mr. Cross hopes to continue the student biomonitoring as a
permanent part of his curriculum so students can assess the quality of the
stream each year.
|Scott Douglas, a representative
of the Durham Township Environmental Advisory Council and the Cooks Creek
Watershed Association was also on hand to assist with the workshop.
The workshop was held on a section of Cooks Creek that runs through
Durham Valley Farm owned by Gerald Ulmer.
Environmental science teacher Paul Cross and Durham Twp. representative
Students take samples using kick nets
Growing Greener Program was signed into law by former Governor Tom Ridge
in 1999 and will invest nearly $650 million to preserve farmland and
protect open space; eliminate the maintenance backlog in State Parks;
clean up abandoned mines and restore watersheds; and provide new and
upgraded water and sewer systems.
more information on the Cooks Creek Restoration Project please call Shandor
Szalay at 215-362-3878 or email at email@example.com.
Please visit http://www.fxbrowne.com
for more information on other projects or services.