GMCG Reaches over 150 Students in the Ossipee Watershed through GET WET!
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Students from the Ossipee Watershed testing their well water.

May 2017 – Students from eight classrooms in six schools across the Ossipee Watershed participated in Ground Water Education through Water Evaluation and Testing (GET WET!) facilitated by Green Mountain Conservation Group’s Education Coordinator, Dr. Karen Deighan. Sandwich Central School, Freedom Elementary School, Cornerstone Christian Academy, Ossipee Central School, K.A. Brett School and Molly Ockett Middle School all took part in this hands on science based program that teaches our local youth about groundwater and stratified drift aquifers.

GET WET provides students an opportunity to use the science they are learning in the classroom and apply it to their lives by testing their own well water. Dr. Theresa Thornton founded GET WET specifically for rural areas that depend largely on private wells for drinking water. Students in the Ossipee Watershed learned how to collect samples of their well water following a protocol and then bringing it into the classroom to test their water for six parameters: pH, iron, conductivity, hardness, chloride, and nitrates. The program also helps students learn how to create a long-term database of groundwater quality data. When the testing was complete, students analyzed their data and found the latitude and longitude coordinates of their wells using Google Earth which allows them to see their collective results in the form of graphs and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps. Classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, GMCG staff, and volunteers including Noreen Downs and Maud Anderson help guide students through these scientific procedures.Students GETWET (2)

To learn more about GET WET! or any of GMCG’s other educational programs, contact Karen Deighan at GMCG at 539-1859 or Like us on Facebook to keep up with what is happening around the Watershed! GET WET! is partially funded through the Quimby Foundation and NHDES, Local Source Water Protection Grant funded through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (CFDA #66.468).