Freshwater Ecosystems – The Water Lab

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Goodrich Lake (pictured above), located at the Summit Bechtel
Reserve, is a perfect example of a freshwater ecosystem.

Do you know what a watershed is? Ever wonder how scientists collect water samples and measure water quality? By participating in our Freshwater Ecosystem activities you’ll measure common water chemistry parameters using modern technology. If you want an in-depth learning experience? Sign up for our guided water testing activity at the WVOLL tent located in Boulder Cove (this activity has limited space so don’t wait).

Check out the resources below to help you complete your activities.

Merit Badge Correlations:
    Chemistry
    Environmental Science
Freshwater Resources:
    YSI Location
    Instructions to Connect to Water Quality Sonde (pdf)
    Lake Water Quality Measurements Sheet (pdf)
    Water Chemistry pH Graph (pdf)
Freshwater Species Pictures:

Mayfly larvae
(Photo credit Ian Alexander via Wikimedia Commons)

Stonefly larvae
(Photo credit Ian Alexander via Wikimedia Commons)

Caddisfly

Zooplankton
(recovered from Goodrich Lake)