Ringgold, Ga. (WDEF) – Educators from around the region have gathered to analyze water quality in South Chickamauga creek.
It’s part of the week long summer camp “River Teachers” hosted by the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute (TNACI).
“This week is designed to have teachers come out and learn about the freshwater aquatics we do at the aquarium and have them have tools they can take back to their classroom and have those tools reach hopefully a large numbers of students,” says TNACI Freshwater Educator Hayley Wise, “So we have teachers out here in the creek. We are doing Georgia “adopt a stream” so we are looking at the water quality of the stream based on macro invertebrates and then doing dissolved oxygen and ph testing.”
Cleveland High School science teacher Jeannie Cuervo tells News 12, “It’s basically a method for students or other citizens to go out or other citizens to go out and do surveys of their local stream systems and determine how healthy they are.”
The inaugural event takes advantage of TNACI’s brand new freshwater science facility on the banks of Tennessee River near Signal Mountain.
“I like being at the same facility where scientists are doing research so we can learn about what the scientists are doing and take it back to our classrooms,” says Cuervo.
“I would like to be able to do some things like this in my class and go on field trips,” Brainerd High science teacher Ramsey Jibrin says, “and incorporate that the invertebrates are indicators of water quality so that my students can learn about conservation.”
Other field activities include sampling fish populations in the Hiwassee River and snorkeling in the Conasauga River.
“I’ve taken workshops at the aquarium before, I’ve been behind the scenes and I’ve really enjoyed it every time that I’ve done it,” says Jibrin, “I was ready for this. I’ve been looking forward to this all summer.”
The camp continues through Friday.