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Estuary and Marine Monitoring Manual

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  • This booklet is a fully detailed plan for running a full investigation of water quality of a local estuary. 
  • This manual is written to work with a GREEN Standard Estuary and Marine Water Monitoring Kit, which can be purchased online.
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  • It includes a guide for study design, recommendations for types of tests that can be run, detailed instructions for running those different types of tests, and data collection sheets.

Additional Prerequisites

  • If you are unable to obtain the full testing kit, another option would be to piece together the different materials and tests yourself, depending on which investigations you want students to run.
  • Aquarium stores are good places to find materials for different kinds of water testing (dissolved oxygen, pH, etc.).
  • Be sure to consider safety practices if taking students into the field to gather samples.
  • Covering all exposed skin is a must when collecting samples and probably a good idea when running tests as well.
Scientist Notes
This manual contains logical guide and process for locating an estuary and testing its water quality. Procedures and tools used are of good standard and are safe for students to practice. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-5 Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
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