May 12, 2011 —
ROSCOE, NY — As part of the Water Snapshot program sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior-National Park Service, the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Roscoe Central School walked to Riverside Park in Roscoe to perform water quality tests on samples from the Willowemoc River.
The Water Snapshot program provides students with the opportunity to collect and evaluate the quality and safety of rivers in the Delaware River Watershed, while learning to be good stewards of our waterways and parks. They tested for levels of dissolved oxygen, pH, phosphates and nitrates; recorded the results on data sheets; and discussed how these parameters relate to the health of fish, wildlife and vegetation in and near the river. The results, along with those of other schools, will be used to create an overview of the health of the entire river basin, and will be posted on the National Park Service website at www.nps.gov/upde/forteachers/water-snapshot.htm .