Millennium Youth Conservationists
General MYC Information
Members of the MYC have the opportunity to interact with other individuals who share their love and interest in nature while learning about issues pertaining to water quality and gaining valuable community service hours. The MYC currently monitors four sites in Geauga County within the Chagrin River and Grand River watersheds.
So how do we scientifically determine water quality? Briefly, there are two categories we look at, the chemistry and biology of the water. When measuring the chemistry, we record the levels of dissolved oxygen, conductivity, salinity, pH (whether the water is acidic or basic), and temperature of the water. Since water chemistry can fluctuate and change from day to day, it is important to also look at the biology of the stream. This is done by collecting, identifying, counting, and later releasing small water creatures known as macroinvertebrates that often hide in fast-moving riffle areas of rivers and streams either under rocks, tightly gripping the bottom of rocks with their streamlined bodies, or in the bottom sediments. The relative number of pollution intolerant and pollution tolerant species gives a quantifiable picture of the quality of the creek or river water which is then ranked as excellent, good, fair, or poor according to a number formula devised by water quality experts. Data collected is submitted to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources so they are able to review any differences in the chemistry and biology found that may alert them to a problem with the water quality of that stream.
Students from throughout the county will be monitoring sites again this year. If you are interested in participating, please contact Colleen Sharp (email@example.com) at Geauga SWCD for more information, 440-834-1122 ext. 1766.
Conservation Poster Contest
In today’s context, marked by environmental challenges, resilient forests are indispensable in fostering a sustainable world. The phrase “May the Forest Be with You, Always” signifies our commitment to responsible forest stewardship, emphasizing their enduring strength and adaptabilityAn award for first place and second place will be awarded in each category and winners will be recognized at the District Annual Meeting fall 2024.The first-place winners of each category move on to the State Competition. First place winners in each category from the state competition move on to the National Competition.
The purpose of the contest is to instill in youth an appreciation for the environment and the need to protect our precious soil and water resources. The 2024 theme is "May the Forest Be With You Always" Each student is encourage to express this theme in their poster.Request a school program today for your class "May the Forest Be with You Always" to help prepare your students to get their creative juices flowing.email Katie Nainiger, or call 440-834-1122 ext. 1765. "May the Forest Be With You Always" Flyer "May the Forest Be With You Always" Form "May the Forest Be With You Always" Journal "May the Forest Be With You Always" Placemate K_2 "May the Forest Be With You Always" Placemate Intermediate