Some members of the Water Testing Blog lived near the Hudson River at various times in their lives and can vividly recall seeing some pretty ‘interesting’ things come out of that water — especially in the Albany/Troy Area in Upstate.

It pleases all of us, though, to know that people have taken an interest in cleaning up the river and/or at least making sure the quality of its water doesn’t get worse. It makes us even happier to know that students all over the state have become apprised of the importance of water quality in the river.

Over 70 schools in the state of New York took students field-sampling at about 60 sites on the Hudson River. This is the eighth year for this event, sponsored by the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program and run in conjunction with Hudson Basin River Watch.

“A Day in the Life of the Hudson River” not only has the advantage of giving NYC youth a great science class, which may not be part of the original curriculum as a result of budget cuts, but it also involves them directly in today’s environmental issues faced by the region they live in. Young New Yorkers get a chance to experience hands-on how to use lab equipment for measuring water quality and chemistry, observing tides, weather and fauna. The data collected is then posted via the Internet, and will be available to all teachers in the Hudson Valley. The findings are incorporated into the lesson plans developed by the Hudson River Estuary Program, and some are also used in ongoing research projects. ( source )

Students all over the country can embark on similar water testing adventures using Science Project Test Kits from WaterSafe.

Science Project Kit 10-pack is a comprehensive test kit for comparing the water quality of up to 10 different water samples. Results on the spot.

Tests for:

  • Lead
  • Bacteria
  • Pesticides
  • Nitrates
  • Chlorine
  • Hardness
  • pH

Purity of water has far reaching real life significance. Science Project Kits are ideal for for science fairs and school projects. They are designed to provide structure and at the same time can highlight student thought and innovation. Kits are easy enough to be used by elementary school children and scientifically sophisticated enough to be used in experimental investigations by high school students.

Science Project Kit contains:

  • All supplies necessary to conduct scientific investigation
  • Directions for use of the water test kits
  • Suggested project outline
  • Presentation-ready data recording sheet
  • Background information on water purity and ideas for water source comparisons