$17.50 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Buy Article:


For the last five years, the Water Watch program of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) has monitored the water quality of the inlets of Lake Pontchartrain in a manner promoting student environmental education and public awareness. Currently, twenty-seven junior high and high schools regularly collect samples from nearby water bodies throughout the school year. During the 1998–99 school year, students collected and analyzed over 400 samples. The students analyze these samples and report the results to LPBF. The parameters investigated include dissolved oxygen (DO), general and fecal coliform, pH, nutrient levels, and environmental conditions. Upon evaluating the data, it was determined that most of the results are chemical and biological indicators of the general health of the watershed. The results can also help identify potential “hot spots” of poor water quality. Also, due to the geographic distribution of the schools, spatial trends in water quality within the basin can be compared. Because the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and other agencies lack adequate funding for widespread professional monitoring, student data is especially helpful in focusing resources on the “hot spots”. Student monitoring of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin provides a “real world” educational opportunity which can be a link in the detection and correction of poor water quality conditions while providing education and public awareness of these issues.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2000

More about this publication?
  • Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is an archive of papers published in the proceedings of the annual Water Environment Federation® Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® ) and specialty conferences held since the year 2000. These proceedings are not peer reviewed.

    WEF Members: Sign in (right panel) with your IngentaConnect user name and password to receive complimentary access.
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • About WEF Proceedings
  • WEFTEC Conference Information
  • ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites



Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more