EGSC biology to host Adopt-a-Stream chemical training

by | August 17, 2018 4:18 pm

   East Georgia State College’s (EGSC) biology department has worked in collaboration with the Altamaha Riverkeeper since 2015. Students enrolled in the bachelor of biology program at EGSC work with the Altamaha Riverkeeper as part of an internship program. The fifth intern from EGSC, Blaine Bellflower, is a senior in the B.S. Biology program and will graduate in December 2018.

   EGSC students like Bellflower have worked in partnership with the Altamaha Riverkeeper since the partnership was formed to monitor three sites on the Ohoopee River near Reidsville. These sites were chosen because they are located above and below one of the wastewater treatment plants, allowing monitoring of potential releases of toxic chemicals from the plant. Students measured pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and temperature (air and water) at these three locations, using these tests to indicate whether life can be sustained in the water and if pollutants are present in unsafe levels. The tests also provide a fluctuation chart of deviance from the standard levels of water quality.

   This monitoring will continue…

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