Published DateSeeks volunteers for GET WET! School Program Training
Green Mountain Conservation Group (GMCG) will host a GET WET! training for teachers and volunteers 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Tamworth Community School. The watershed towns participating this year are Ossipee, Effingham, Tuftonboro, Tamworth and Freedom. The time requirement for volunteers is typically a two-hour commitment on two different days for their town's school. Schedules will be determined at the training.
GET WET! (Groundwater Education Through Water Evaluation and Testing) is based out of the University of Maine and is designed to engage local students and the community in the creation of a long-term groundwater quality database for towns with regard to non-municipal private wells. This student-scientist project affords an opportunity to increase local participation and understanding of regional issues through a teacher-directed public summary of their research results. The mission of GET WET! is to bring collaborative environmental research into the community through the classroom in order to understand local environmental changes and promote public health through safe drinking water.
Students collect water from their home following a strict procedure and test for six different parameters, including chloride, nitrate, pH, hardness, iron and conductivity. After the initial testing day students participate in what is called a research day. During this time students analyze the results of their data collected on testing day, and prepare a presentation to be delivered to a community audience. The information gathered by students becomes part of a data repository by establishing a long-term town-centered monitoring program that can be used by the community to formulate productive choices in planning, management, and development. Student data is also added to a growing database managed on a GIS program (i.e., Google Earth).