Watershed Monitoring Partnership
January 11, 2018
Wheelock College and the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) integrated classroom work with citizen science field research in a partnership designed to create connections between citizen scientists and students in science programs to create advocates for protecting and preserving urban waterways.
The project was titled: "A Citizen Science and College Student Partnership to Assess Stream Health in the Charles River Watershed."
Students at Wheelock College and citizen scientists participated in the CRWA biological monitoring program, which assesses the health of benthic macroinvertebrate communities within the Charles River Watershed as a measure of water quality.
"Reflections from students suggested their experience with 'real-life' and 'hands-on' methods increased awareness of urban ecology, moved them toward environmental action, and that they had an increased appreciation and understanding of their local watershed," said Wheelock College Assistant Professor of Biology Lisa Lobel, who oversaw the project.
This work was part of a project funded by a sub-award provided by SENCER-ISE through the project, Partnership Champions: SENCER ISE and Professional Development Through Mentoring to Enhance Learning Environments (MG-10-15-0071-15A). Partnership Champions is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.