Rochester students test water quality of the Genesee River, clean-up riverbank

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Students from World of Inquiry School in Rochester and Allendale Columbia in Pittsford spent Tuesday testing the water quality of the Genesee River.

They tested phosphorous and sediment levels along with the presence of invasive species. After that, the students then “graded” the river’s health.

“It’s basically been healthy with all of the work people in Rochester have been putting towards the river,” said Myles Wilson, Allendale-Columbia  ninth grader. “It’s looking better.”

“Our overall goal is to get students feeling like it’s up to them to protect it,”  explains instructor Chris Wilder.

After the project, students were asked to do one of three things: Share their findings on social media, write a letter to a local lawmaker advocating for cleaner water, or clean up litter along the riverbank.

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