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CSI Workshop Held In Geneva

Why would youth in a crops workshop test water in a nearby stream? UNL Extension-Fillmore Crop Science Investigation (Crop Science Investigation) youth participated in a grant-funded pilot project for Adopt a Stream in Nebraska.

The Nebraska Wildlife Federation’s Adopt a Stream program is designed to help school, youth, and community groups and individuals adopt a portion of a local stream, assess and monitor the aquatic health of their stream and develop conservation projects that restore and improve fish and wildlife habitat.

The goal is simple: to help Nebraskans take an active role in monitoring, conserving and appreciating streams in their area.

The third CSI workshop taught youth the importance of being involved in on-farm research projects, how those projects help producers and the importance of practicing best management practices to ensure high quality water in streams, lakes and the ground water supply.

Hands-on water demonstrations were conducted, in addition to a field trip to Turkey Creek to take water samples and determine the quality of water. Results from the samples met acceptable levels.

The Adopt a Stream program hopes to expand in future years, based on results and feedback from this year’s pilot study.