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Ms. Tonya Lewis


Test Window for Water Testing ~ 4/23 - 4/30 ~

Description: The goal for each Stream Team member is to recognize and appreciate the impact that various activities or natural phenomena have on water quality. Participants will actively study, analyze, and draw conclusions from data gathered during the course of study. Besides the general requirements listed below, students are required to participate in training sessions, and intercultural/regional exchange activities, educational workshops, environmental regulations research, public presentations, and team meetings. Overnight field trips are REQUIRED; one per semester. This course requires students to complete work in the field in a variety of weather conditions.

This class may be repeated for up to two years as an elective science credit. Students may earn up to 2 hours (one hour per year) of credit through Missouri State University (MSU Course BIO 197, Special Topics in Biology).

Requirements:

Students Will:

  • Participate actively, responsibly, and cooperatively as a member of a team that operates constructively in data gathering, decision making, and activity planning.
  • Analyze water quality on a regular basis (about once per month)
  • Research impacts on stream quality.
  • Participate in water clean-up activities.
  • Keep a photo and written diary of team activities. This time log must be kept and initialed by the instructors (120 hours minimum for credit).
  • Participate in after-school activities, e.g., guest lecturers, lab analyses, field trips.
  • Prepare a formal presentation, both oral and written, for school and community organizations.
  • Prepare/interpret maps, graphs, spreadsheets, and other visual representations of data as needed to illustrate results of water testing.
  • Use a computer database to analyze information.
  • Design and complete a research project, which will result in a written paper that will be presented to the instructors.
Meetings:

At least once a month... Listen to the announcements for more details.

Chronology:

  • 1993 - Stream Team #432 officially formed 
  • 1994 - Began inner-city cultural exchange program with East High School in Kansas City 
  • 1995 - Reeds Spring High School Stream Team #432 receives Youth Leadership Award 
  • 1996 - Reeds Spring High School Stream Team #432 receives Youth Leadership Award as the top stream team in the state, presented by Conservation Federation 
  • 1997 - Reeds Spring High School Stream Team provides data to Eng. firm and city of Reeds Spring for construction of new waste treatment facility. The data saves the city of REeds Spring sixty-two thousand, ($62,000), in engineering fees. 
  • 1998 - Began Lobby Day - Students are given bills being considered by the Legislature one month before the trip to Jefferson City. Students study the pros and cons of the bills. Then they meet with local Senator and Representative to discuss water quality issues. 
  • 2000 - Began a program to form a stream team in all five high schools in Stone County. (Blue Eye, Crane, Galena, Hurley, and Reeds Spring). 
  • 2000 - 2001 school year - Presented to Stream Team to Galena High School 
  • 2002 - Stream Team #432 receives Youth Awareness Award presented by the Missouri Department of Conservation 
  • 2003 - Stream Team #432 asked to testify before the House of Representatives Committee on water quality for the state of Missouri.Accomplishments:1995 - Reeds Spring High School Stream Team #432 receives Youth Leadership Award 
  • 1996 - Reeds Spring High School Stream Team #432 receives Youth Leadership Award as the top stream team in the state, presented by Conservation Federation 
  • 2002 - Stream Team #432 receives Youth Awareness Award presented by the Missouri Department of Conservation
  • 2008 - Stream Team #432 receives Presidential Environmental Youth Award. Travel to Washington

The Reeds Spring High School Stream Team in Reeds Spring, Mo., has won EPA Region 7's 2007 President's Environmental Youth Award for its water stewardship project. Students monitor local streams each month after school and on weekends. The stream team competed with other groups throughout Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

Stream team members collected water samples and analyzed water quality on a regular basis at specific sites on a local stream or river in southwest Missouri. After collecting water samples, students returned to the school's laboratory to conduct tests for eight indicators of stream health: fecal coliform, pH, dissolved oxygen, ammonia, nitrates, phosphates, living organisms, and clarity. Data is gathered, analyzed and sent to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to be utilized in a state-wide water quality database.

Students researched and designed a project on water monitoring. They prepared maps, graphs, and spreadsheets of data to illustrate results of water testing. Stream team members gave presentations to school staff and organizations to inform the community about protecting its streams and how individuals can become involved in improving the quality of Missouri's streams.

"These students are the future caretakers of Missouri's streams," said John B. Askew, Region 7 administrator. "They are adding tremendous value in the protection and enhancement of Missouri's waterways."

Students have partnerships with universities, state agencies, and local organizations. They work with University of Missouri at Columbia staff in organizing stream teams to work on the university's volunteer lake testing project.

Every year, each of EPA's 10 regional offices selects a youth award winner to represent the region at the national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Reeds Spring students will travel to Washington to receive their award April 17.

The awards have been presented annually since 1971 to honor students in kindergarten through 12th grade who develop projects that help protect their environment and promote environmental awareness in their communities.

Reeds Spring High School is the only entity to win the President’s Youth Environmental Award twice. They also were an award recipient in 2002 for its state of the art In-Vessel composting and recycling program.

Learn more about Stream Team #432 online at:
http://www.wolves.k12.mo.us/hs/activities/stream_team/index.htm