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9-12 Hudson River Ecology

Extreme weather plagues many parts of our region, and can have significant impacts on the tributaries flowing into the Hudson as well as the Hudson itself. Climate change predictions are that, in the northeastern US, we will see more precipitation, less snow and possibly more large storms. No matter where you live, increased storm flow rates impact waterways and low-lying areas that were and probably still are flood plains. Students will investigate the physical and chemical parameters of a waterway, discuss the impact of different types of land cover, and use data from Wappinger Creek collected before, during, and after a storm to examine the effects of storm water on a small stream. They will also be able to investigate the impacts of a warming Hudson River on various aquatic organisms, the impact of climate change on the Hudson River's flow rate, and the implications of more frequent hurricanes.