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Who Lives in the Water

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Participants investigate the quality of a stream by identifying insects (macroinvertebrates) with the help of keys and photos. The amount of certain species of macroinvertebrates can help indicate if the stream is healthy or not.

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Hints for uses in your library Collect the macroinvertebrates from a nearby stream prior to the activity in a large bucket and bring it to the library so patrons can identify the insects without having to travel.
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Water Quality Equipment and Supplies
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Macroinvertebrate Key
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Originating Source USU Extension Stream Side Science
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Who Lives in the Water

Who Lives in the Water

Participants investigate the quality of a stream by identifying insects (macroinvertebrates) with the help of keys and photos. The amount of certain species of macroinvertebrates can help indicate if the stream is healthy or not.