“It definitely will impact how I treat water. It makes me want to have more sustainable practices and use less fertilizer and less water, and really be more sustainable in how I live,” she said.
Students donned wader boots and collected water samples this fall over three weeks at the creeks. They observed the areas around the creeks, including trash around Galloway Creek, and the agricultural setting around Gilbert Creek, Capistrant said.
Duckweed growth shows nutrients
“It’s great because it encourages students to be aware of the environment and that science is happening where they are living,” Hayes said. “It is also teaching them how watersheds affect water quality.”
A first-year class engaged in research is somewhat unusual, Hayes said.
“With UW-Stout and its experiential learning, we in biology work hard to explore scientific methods and experiential science,” Hayes added.