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Students Become “Watershed Watch Dogs” for Assignment – Charles County Public Schools


North Point High School students in Meladeh McKinnon’s organic chemistry class recently participated in the Bridging the Watershed – Watershed Watchdogs program. Gina McCullough of the Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center collected water from the Piney Branch tributary early in the morning of October 26, the day of the event.

The students used samples from Piney Branch to determine the water quality index which gives them a broader view of the health of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. They looked for dissolved oxygen, pH levels, turbidity, nitrates, dissolved solids and collected other data for analysis.

Bridging the Watershed programs are available to middle and high school students. McKinnon has been at North Point for six years, but knows Bridging the Watershed well – she has worked for the program before. Hands-on activities bring a prescriptive “real world” to what students learn in the classroom, McKinnon said. “It’s a connection to real life.”

“It’s more impactful,” said McCullough. “It’s their stream.”

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