Cape Cod Academy Students Join WHOI Scientists to Assess Health of Local Rivers

FALMOUTH- For the fourth consecutive year, sixty high school students from Cape Cod Academy joined scientists from the Woods Hole Research Center for a day of research to assess the health of local rivers and their watersheds.

This year, the students focused on rivers and learned about the impact of climate change on watersheds and heard from WHRC river scientists who monitor those impacts globally.

Students journeyed in three different groups to the Quashnet, Mashpee, and Coonamessett Rivers.

They learned how to conduct water sampling techniques to detect how changes in the landscape drive changes in important physical and chemical indicators like pH and temperature, and how aquatic and coastal wildlife responds.

Students also had the opportunity to learn about the the Coonamessett River Restoration Project and meet with local biologists and lawmakers to discuss their findings.

The program was implemented by Keith Lewison, CCA’s humanities teacher and Environmental Club Adviser.

By JOHN BONDAREK, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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