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Water Quality in streams Senior Project
I am a senior at Cherokee high school
I’ve grown up with a passion for the outdoors
My project facilitator, David Place,
He is well educated in the topic of water quality in creeks. We both share a love for trout fishing and the outdoors.
Writing my research paper went well because I am passionate about my topic
I learned that I can explore so much more about my topic because nature has so much that interests me
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When I am older I would like to be a game warden
Game Wardens, especially in the Appalachian region, will always be dealing with hunting or fishing regulation, this means the more you know about your surrounding, the more successful you will be when enforcing the law and working to protect the environment
Usually the higher in the mountains you go, the cleaner the water will be. There will usually be more rapids due to steeper declines and rocky creek beds and banks
Finding an abundance of healthy trout is a great sign, especially if they thrive naturally rather than released
Small macroinvertebrates serve a great purpose
Rocky soils are common in rapid, cleaner creeks
Cleaner creeks will often have many different channels/ streams that connect or feed into it, leads to more filtration
The surrounding environments tend to be decorated with rocks, covered by moss, and trees that grow straight from the banks
The muddier the water is, the less oxygenated it will be.
Muddy water is common in slow moving streams as the water doesn’t have an opportunity to filter itself.
Trout, as well as hard- shelled macroinvertebrates have a hard time surviving in dirtier creeks
Animals with a slimy skin will be abundant in these water sources, such as catfish, worms, and toads
Within Dirty creeks, you will find foam sitting in banks that come shortly after rapids, sign of pollution or natural excess waste
What I Learned about me?
I have always felt comfortable in the creeks since I was young, but this project really gave me a different perspective on creeks. I began to look at them and think about the science behind it and what each characteristic means to the life in it.
my prior knowledge about creeks is a good start, but there is much more to learn about when it comes down to smaller details
I was never really detail oriented person, but this project challenged me that way by me forcing myself to focus on little details
I learned that with self-discipline, you can train yourself to slow down and look at the smaller details instead of rushing through and missing out on crucial information
pH: acidic water are low pH, this leads to lower water quality. Alkaline waters are higher pH
Nitrites and nitrates: The lower these two categories are, the better. It is best if there is no sign of any Nitrites or Nitrates.
General Hardness: The higher this is, the more calcium is in the water. Calcium is vital to proper fish growth
What will I do Next?
I plan to attend Chattahoochee Technical College my freshman year, then possibly switch to Georgia Highlands for my sophomore year. After I receive my associates degree, I will either enter the workforce or study to receive a Masters degree at an Agricultural college such as Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
My senior project actually made me even more inspired to pursue an outdoor career as a game warden. I will look back on this project and see it as another opportunity I had to expand my knowledge and spend valuable time in the creeks