Youth Citizen Science Program in Thailand Completes the First Seasonal Survey

During November 2021, 3C in collaboration with WWF Thailand Freshwater Programme launched the Youth Citizen Science Program.  Six elementary and secondary schools around Nong Han Lake in Northeast Thailand participated in the program and carried out the first water quality sampling and analysis event for the “cold season.”  Students were taught about nutrients and pollution of water bodies and the chemical compounds that reveal the status of water quality.  Handbooks containing methodology to be employed and data sheets were shared with the students.  Students recorded the concentrations of nitrite and phosphate in their collected water samples.  They also used the test kits to measure dissolved oxygen, pH, and water temperature. Physical characteristics of the environment (e.g. industry, forest cover, urban structures) and water (e.g. color, odor) were noted.  All data were recorded in the handbooks and will be compared with data from future sampling seasons that will take place in 2022.