Taking place in Vaughan Ontario and Winnipeg Manitoba, the Storm Water Health Report looks at water quality and littering in two municipal storm water ponds.
Over 4 weeks, water quality was tested at both locations. Tests were conducted using Water Rangers freshwater testing kits and included pH, alkalinity, chlorine, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, and hardness. Cleanups were also conducted and types of trash noted. In Vaughan, the local community was engaged by participating in a community cleanup effort.
What was your biggest challenge?
Jerry: “Creating a schedule to conduct the testing on a regular basis.”
Avery: “Making sure my water quality tests were consistent and properly done.”
What was your most valuable takeaway?
Avery: “It was great to take a closer examination of the way storm water ponds function as green space in an urban environment.”
Jerry: “We human beings share the pond with live animals like geese and ducks. Most times I don’t pay attention to wildlife, but this helped me connect mindfully with nature.”