ES 20 Stream Study Lab

Wascana Creek Stream Study Lab

  • This labs is set up as an all day field trip to collect stream data
  • The morning will be spent at the Duck’s Unlimited McKell Marsh site where Wascana Creek first enters the City of Regina. 
  • The afternoon data collection the will be done at Wascana Trails which is located on Wascana Creek and after the water has gone through the city.  
  • Students will assess the health of an aquatic ecosystem through physical, chemical and biological testing, surveys and observations. 
  • Results from the collected data will be discussed as a class along with ideas in how to improve, change, or maintain the health of Wascana Creek.

  Pre Teaching

Benthic Macroinvertebrate Identification Guide

  Data Collection Sheets



Biological - Pollution Tolerance Index Using Benthic         Macroinvertebrates

Physical - Qualitative Habitat Evaluation

                - Measuring Stream Rate Flow

                - Turbidity Tube Conversion Chart

Chemical - Testing

Stream Data For Classes Unable To Visit a Stream

  Analyze Your Stream Data


What Do Your Biological Results Mean?

What Do Your Physical Results Mean?

What Do Your Chemical Results Mean?

Take Action On Stream Health

  • Make posters to educate others about water pollutants such as pet waste and fertilizers.
  • Write a “Letter to the Editor” about a water-related environmental problem in your area.
  • Plant shrubs and trees in a nearby riparian area.
  • Pick up garbage next to a nearby creek or pond.
  • Find out if your local car wash recycles their waste water.  If they don’t, ask why.
  • Test the water quality of the drinking water in your school.
  • Name some of your daily activities that you could change that will have a positive impact on the quality of water in your watershed.






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