Water has been our theme this year in the Sustainable Living Academy Manitoba (SLAM). For Period Day this May, SLAM students walked to Kildonan Park to take a closer look at the Water Quality in the duck pond next to the Witch’s hut. We were able to bring our water samples back to the lab and test for phosphates, nitrates, dissolved oxygen, coliform bacteria, pH and turbidity. Students also prepared slides to take a closer look at the various pond water microorganisms.
There is a need to understand how water quality in our urban environments are impacting our larger watershed. SLAM students are working on locating phosphorus hot spots in our community and to finds ways of preventing nutrient offloading into our waterways. When it comes to protecting our water, youth can be great advocates for positive change!