TAYLOR COUNTY—On Thursday, October 10th, 2019, the Grafton High School Science students attended the annual field day hosted by Save the Tygart Watershed Association (STTW).
Supporting the project were representatives from the WVDEP, “Experience Learning” from Spruce Knob, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Fellowsville-Laurel Mountain Watershed Association, and several members of STTW.
The theme for this year’s field day was global warming and climate change, using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The students were exposed to the scientific effects global warming has on our environment.
The classes traveled between two locations:
The first location was Irontown, located along Three Fork Creek at the confluence of Little Laurel Creek.
Here, the students rotated between classes studying various topics including: Climate Change, Environmental Activism, Forestry, Aquatic Life, Water Chemistry, Aerial Photography, and Botany.
Kanetown, the location of a new lime slurry doser, positioned on the headwaters of Left Fork of Little Sandy Creek, was the second location visited.
Witnessing this doser in action has helped to educate the GHS students of the mechanics and the results of treating acid mine drainage in our area.
Sandy Creek has been devoid of life for over a hundred years, a side-effect of local coal mining. The new Kanetown lime doser has successfully helped bring fish and aquatic life back to Sandy Creek.
Downstream, this in turn greatly supports improved water quality for Tygart Lake and communities.
For three years, this has been a popular annual event. With continued support from STTW and the GHS faculty, the science field day is expected to continue for years to come.