Dec 07, 2017

Students Take Field Trip for Water Quality Sampling

The EPA recognizes the project in the Rio Grande basin

EPA recognizes water quality testing project in Rio Grande

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program recently announced the Rio Grande International Study Center (RGISC) Mexico Chapter won a second-place 2017 Gulf Guardian Award in the Bi-national Category. The award recognizes hands-on science education work involving water quality sampling in the Rio Grande basin.

Launched in 2010, RGISC’s Rio Research Roundup (RRR) is a bi-national water testing project that brings greater environmental awareness about the health of several river basins that drain into the Gulf of Mexico. Each October, nearly 3,000 students and teachers from 90 U.S. and Mexico teams take a field trip and sample water from the Rio Grande or related tributary, to provide a compelling snapshot of the river basin’s health. Students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the river basins and local creek systems, as well as the Gulf’s estuarine waters, all of which sustain our Gulf and border communities and wildlife populations.

As part of the project, students submit artwork, short videos and essays based on their data to be housed on the RGISC website. Student teams are also encouraged to provide a presentation of their work and findings at either their school campus or within their community. RGISC then works with various biologists and water experts to review the quality of the students’ work, and winners are announced for both countries.