Third graders learn about Still River Health
Monday, June 2, 2014
On Thursday, May 29, three third-grade classes from Park Avenue School in Danbury, Conn. learned about the health of the Still River by testing water quality, collecting river bugs and walking along the Still River Greenway during a three-hour “Kids on the River Day.”
The students started the day learning that some of the small arthropods, worms and crayfish are sensitive to pollution. A highnumber of sensitive bugs found in the river indicate that water quality is good. Others, more tolerant of pollutants, indicate a certain level of pollution in the water.
Later, the students walked along the Still River Greenway and visited the Pitney Bowes, Inc. facility to learn how rain washes fertilizer, motor oil, gas, soil, animal waste and other pollutants into rivers and lakes. They also worked with a display that simulates the effects of water runoff into waterbodies.
The event was organized by Park Avenue School third Grade Teacher Luzia DelGuardio and hosted by the HVA. The event was made possible by a grant from Pitney Bowes, Inc. and Union Savings Bank, both in Danbury.