Stream Science comes courtesy of an $8,000 Water Conservation and Quality Improvement grant awarded to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre by the Okanagan Basin Water Board. (Pixabay)

Vernon students to study the health of local rivers

The new Science Stream program is coming this September at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre

How healthy are the rivers in the Okanagan Basin? What causes a river to be healthy or unhealthy? And what can communities do to make sure their local rivers are in good shape?

These are the types of questions that will be answered by students at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre starting this September.

Stream Science is a new program that aims to teach high school students about the natural water systems in their area, with a focus on the Okanagan Basin’s local streams and its greater watershed.

Lessons in the program aren’t all hypothetical; students will conduct real field work, collect data and monitor watershed conditions as they interact with a local stream.

Student participants will use scientific protocols to collect water bugs and other river organisms, conduct water quality tests and analyze their results. Staff from the nature centre will be on hand to discuss the importance of these tests, and walk through possible explanations of the results.

Stream Science comes courtesy of an $8,000 Water Conservation and Quality Improvement grant awarded to the nature centre by the Okanagan Basin Water Board, as part of its WaterWise program.

“Through this grant program the Water Board provides funds to local governments, irrigation districts, and non-profit organizations for projects that conserve and protect water, based on the recognition that we are all part of ‘one valley, one water,’” Allan Brooks centre education program co-ordinator Chantelle Adams said.

READ MORE: Scientists spot rare life as remotely operated vehicles livestream off N.S. coast

READ MORE: Okanagan Basin Water Board continues call to protect B.C. waters from invasive mussels


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Ben Sures returns to Vernon stage

Entertaining singer brings stories to Record City, with opening local talent Ernest Anyway

Mobile needle exchange considered in Vernon

City looks at options to combat issues of discarded needles

Man cycles across B.C. Interior for sobriety

Vancouver Island Resident Matt Fee is approaching the final phase of his cross-Canada bike journey to raise awareness about addiction recovery.

Public input wanted on important ‘business’: Regional District North Okanagan

Bathroom concepts for Okanagan Rail Trail to be discussed at open house tomorrow

$24M invested in North Okanagan wastewater recovery project

Four years of hard work paid off after government invests big money into water project

VIDEO: Liberals make child care pledge, Greens unveil platform on Day 6 of campaign

Green party leader Elizabeth May unveils her party’s platform in Toronto

Canucks sign Brock Boeser to three-year, US$17.6-million deal

Young sniper will be in Vancouver Tuesday

B.C. forest industry looks to a high-technology future

Restructuring similar to Europe 15 years ago, executive says

RCMP conclude investigation into 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire

Files have been turned over to BC Prosecution Service

B.C. wants to be part of global resolution in opioid company bankruptcy claim

Government says settlement must include Canadian claims for devastation created by overdose crisis

B.C. ends ‘birth alerts’ in child welfare cases

‘Social service workers will no longer share information about expectant parents without consent’

U.S. student, killed in Bamfield bus crash, remembered as ‘kind, intelligent, talented’

John Geerdes, 18, was one of two UVic students killed in the crash on Friday night

Facebook group forms committee against Thompson Nicola R.V. crackdown

Group discusses issues with regional R.V. bylaw at recent meeting

Free Tesla 3 offered with purchase of Surrey townhome

Century Group’s offer for Viridian development runs through Oct. 31

Most Read