UConn Students Test the Water

On November 4, 2006, student members of the UConn chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society waded into the river to collect and inventory small critters living among rocks on the river bottom. They were trained by DEP's Mike Beauchene to identify the types of underwater life that indicate a high water quality. This testing method is known as Rapid Bioassessment. At the two sites they visited, they found plenty of the "good" organisms, which indicated good water quality in the river at the Merrow Road bridge and the Depot Road bridge between Mansfield and Coventry. Mike said that the river looked really good-lots of bugs! The results will be recorded at DEP, and follow-up testing is planned for fall in 2007.