Watershed Access Lab


Stormwater Stewards 2016-2017 Achievements

We recruited six teachers to participate in the professional development workshops, including four from Global Learning Charter Public School (GLCPS) in New Bedford and two from Taunton High School. We delivered three Professional Development workshops on 27 August, 10 September and 17 September at Bridgewater State University (BSU).

After completion of the first round of PD workshops, BSU Watershed Access Lab staff worked with 5 of the 6 teachers to select dates in October and December to implement the MWEE on Parking Lot Hydrology and Water Quality at their schools or at the Bridgewater State Watershed Access Lab. Teachers engaged their students in storm water testing by using Vernier Lab Quest systems to analyze samples from a local storm drain in their school parking lot and/or from the stormwater monitoring system at the BSU Watershed Access Lab.

MWEE field trips for Global Learning Charter High School and Middle School classes occurred at the Sawmill Park in Acushnet.  Students were able to view active fish ladders, sample and count glass eels, sample and identify aquatic macroinvertebrates and measure stream water quality using Vernier Lab Quest units during April. Taunton High School classes MWEE field trip occurred in early May. The MWEE for the Taunton students took place at the Oliver Mills Park and the Wareham Street fish ladder in Middleborough. Taunton students were not able to participate in the glass eel counts but focused instead on returning river herring as well as performing aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling and ID and utilizing the Vernier Lab Quest units to assess water quality.

Dr. Rob Hellström worked with GLCPS high school students to install the first RX-300 weather monitoring system at GLCPS high school and a CoCoRaHS rain and snow gage outside the classroom window in preparation for the Year 2 emphasis on stormwater monitoring of weather and uploading data into the CoCoRaHs network.

We collaborated with Jim Turek, NOAA Restoration Ecologist, NOAA Restoration Center, Narragansett, RI and Sara Turner, Diadromous Fish Biologist, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, New Bedford, MA in the Spring 2017 MWEE focused on diadromous fish, water quality and stream barriers.