Mineral County High School monitors the quality of Walker Lake
A chemistry class of Mineral County High School will be monitoring the water quality of Walker Lake. A grant from the University of Nevada, Reno given to Staci Emm, Mineral County Cooperative Extension, has afforded the necessary equipment for students to examine the lake water. Students will test for dissolved oxygen, biological oxygen demand, alkalinity, water hardness, ph levels and several other water qualities.
The class conducted their first baseline test on Feb. 15. Students will return to the lake monthly until the semester's end to repeat tests so comparisons can be made over time.
Water quality monitoring is now being conducted in three states, including Nevada, Texas and Colorado. The project gives chemistry students the opportunity to see the relevance of science in their lives and put it to work, according to Emm.