Water Quality Improvement Through Community Campus Partnerships

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ASSESSMENT OF BASIN RESTORATION AND PROTECTION
EFFORTS IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, KANSAS

Roughly ten years ago (June 1995-June 1997), the Franklin County Conservation District worked with faculty and students from Neosho County Community College to collect water quality data from nine sites in Franklin County. For each of those nine sites, twelve water quality parameters were assessed (to include: pH, dissolved oxygen, total dissolved solids, phosphate, nitrate, ammonia, total suspended solids, total coliform, and fecal coliform). Each site was sampled 20 times over a period of two years.

Dr. Terry Malloy's environmental biology courses are replicating the monitoring activity over the next seven semesters to assess whether implemented watershed protection best management practices have made a difference. At the conclusion of the study, students will present their findings to representatives from the Franklin County Conservation District and their partners.


Freshman biology students set out on a brisk morning to test streams in
the Marais des Cygnes watershed.