TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – Hundreds of students that tested the water quality of area rivers and streams presented their findings at the University of Toledo Tuesday.
Many of the students spent time in a laboratory testing the water samples from various watersheds.
In fact, Ottawa Hills High School students suited up and took samples from the Ottawa River last month. Since then they have been comparing the data they collected with information from past years.
"It's doing much better," said Ottawa Hills High 9th-grader Harrison Heinwever. "In the past, it's been pretty bad because there used to be a dam quite a bit farther down river, so it helped when that got removed."
However, not every waterway scored well.
Central Catholic High School students found higher fecal levels in the Ottawa River at Suder Avenue and other students found relatively high fecal levels in Ten Mile Creek.
Ottawa Hills biology teacher Kathleen Singler says she thinks the project showed students just how much the waterways affect their lives.