Over a 130 General Chemistry students took to the field on Saturday, April 26, 2008 to clean three local streams and do water quality assessments. In conjunction with Project Watershed, Trout Unlimited, East Syracuse Minoa High School and the Local Section of the American Chemical Society the students cleaned small sections of Butternut Creek in Jamesville, Limestone Creek in Fayetteville and Manlius and Chittenango Creek above and below the falls. In addition to random litter, the students also removed parts of a car, a ton of metal, a refrigerator and a complete dumping zone that included a trawling motor and roller blades! Despite the trash, the streams appeared to be in good health with a good population of macroinvertebrates and normal levels of expected ions. However, it was noted that all of the streams had low water levels and high temperatures for this time of year.
Lunches were prepared from donated food and water from Natur Thyme, P&C, Wegmans, Sams Club, BJ’s and Dunkin Donuts by students from East Syracuse/Minoa High School.
The students reserved time to simply enjoy the unseasonable weather and relax before final exams begin on Thursday. In addition, they were generous enough to share their love of nature with the young that happened to join them on the water that afternoon.