Ever wonder where the water goes when you flush your toilet? Hundreds of students discovered the answer and got to see the process this water goes through before it can be returned to the South Platte River at the Littleton/ Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant last month. This was all part of their annual World Water Monitoring Challenge day.
The SPREE team was happy to be a part of this event again this year and teach students about the biotic indicators of water quality. The kids had a great time investigating crawdads, insect larvae, and other macroinvertebrates that were caught that morning in the South Platte. Students also worked with staff from the plant to test the chemical and physical attributes of water from the River.
This event is tied to the international World Water Monitoring Challenge, which engages citizens from around the world in protecting their water resources by conducting basic monitoring of their local bodies of water. SPREE regularly contributes data on the South Platte that is collected by students at our 5th grade field trips.