Environment Council of Rhode Island

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Pawtuxet River Water Quality Study

The Coventry High School Pawtuxet River Water Quality Study teaches high school students concepts of math, science and civic responsibility in a hands-on river classroom. The students' collection of river data for environmental analysis has measurable benefits not just to the students but to the Pawtuxet River Authority and its efforts to study and improve the water quality of the river.

Water quality, geography, wetland biology, data analysis, chemistry and an introduction to water treatment technology are all included in the curriculum. Teachers Kathleen Sullivan, Michael Hobin, Steven Lukowicz and Peter Stetson implement the ongoing program, spearheaded by Sullivan.

Award Type: 
John H. Chafee Outstanding Conservation Project/Program
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