A group of seventh-graders used test strips, ampules, turbidity tubes and other gadgets to test the condition of a creek in southeast Kansas.
The students went to Galena's Schermerhorn Park yesterday to test Shoal Creek for turbidity, acid, nitrates and nitrites, ammonia, phosphates and e.coli bacteria. Results of the e.coli test won't be known for a few days, but the other tests suggest that the creek is in good condition.
The students were also directed to conduct a basic test -- the smell of the water. Twelve-year-old Jordan McAllister said "It smells like water."
Teacher Linda Phipps said her class became excited about the project while studying and watching films about how to conduct the tests.
She said "They take a little bit of ownership in the creek this way."