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PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Switzerland County High School Watershed Project is a project to examine and to record the water quality of the Ohio River at Vevay, Indiana, and the Switzerland County, Indiana, watershed of Indian Creek.  Students of the Switzerland County High School Advanced Placement Environmental Science Class and their teacher conduct this project.  This project was funded in 1999-2000 by "The Student As An Environmental Scientist," a grant project of the Indiana Department of Education.

The Evaluation of the Ohio River is undertaken through ORSANCO River Watchers.  The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, ORSANCO, sponsors the River Watchers volunteer monitoring program of the Ohio River.  The 981 mile long Ohio River is sampled by 31 volunteer junior and senior high school groups using HACH water quality kits and methods supplied by ORSANCO.  The data is supplied to ORSANCO monthly by volunteer monitors.

The evaluation of the Indian Creek watershed in Switzerland County, Indiana, is undertaken through Hoosier River watch, a project of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, IDNR.  This is a state-sponsored water quality monitoring initiative of volunteers using HACH water quality kits and methods manual supplied by IDNR.  Data is supplied to IDNR following statewide fall and spring sampling days.



The following excellent resources are available for chemical test methods and for biological identification:

Monitoring Water Quality USEPA Methods

Macro invertebrates Identification Key from Isaak Walton League Save Our Stream Project

Algal Identification Key from National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution

 

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