During the 7th grade trip to Cocktown Creek, our students collect a wide variety of data to assess the health of the water. Along with the SAV species found during our survey, water quality data is collected by the students to help them understand the factors that might be affecting our creek.
We measure a number of water quality factors, such as the Salinity (the amount of salt in the water), the Secchi Depth (how far down into the water you can see), the Turbidity (a measure of the amount of sediment in the water), and the In Vivo Chlorophyll (the amount of algae in the water). All of these factors combined can have an impact on the species of SAV found in the creek, and can give scientists a better understanding of the overall trends in our waters.
Here are the overall water quality trends for both the Fall and Spring trips out to Cocktown Creek!