It's Not the Same River: Changes In the West Fork of the San Jacinto River

  • Laura Powell, 6th Grade, Kingwood Middle School

    DRIVING QUESTION: How has Hurricane Harvey changed the biotic and abiotic factors of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River?  How can we maintain good water quality in the river while preventing poor water quality from occurring with another flood?

    PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Student will choose what they wish to study concerning the West Fork of the San Jacinto River located in the Lake Houston Watershed. Students will interview residents to see what their concerns are about living close to a river that flooded people out of their homes. They will perform field investigations along with research and water quality labs to determine changes made by Hurricane Harvey and how our citizens can not only monitor but improve the water quality on the river. Students will have the chance to mentor and exchange information with other students from other schools. They will also interview field experts in water quality and experts on the watershed. Students will collect and analyze their data and test possible solutions to maintain or improve water quality. They will formally present their information and solutions publicly using public awareness to maintain and improving water quality of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River.  Working in teams of 2 or 3, students will determine the components of the the Lake Houston Watershed that can enhance or hinder water quality. They will then investigate the West Fork of the San Jacinto River and select possible sites they think might introduce some of those components (point sources) and will regularly sample and test those places for the various components. Data will be compiled and communicated to the Lake Houston Watershed, citizens living in the area and the San Jacinto River Authority at the end of the 4 month study.

    PROJECT DESIGN OVERVIEW: It's Not the Same River: Changes in the West Fork of the San Jacinto River