Stream Study: East Branch Indian Creek

Throughout the past two months the 8th graders have been going to the East Indian Creek and collecting data. For extra credit thay could post their findings in The Phoenix Inquirer. Here were their findings.

“Our job at East Indian Creek is to test the water and find ways to improve stream health. We tested for values, for example,  of dissolved oxygen and took weekly measures of the water’s pH levels. We hope to improve stream health and share ways to protect Earth’s clean water.” Dev Gupta (2023)

 

RESULT TABLE:

Provided by – Eva Kusiatin, Faiza Carey, Juliette Schad, and Lindsay McCammon

Visit One Visit Two Visit Three HEALTH
Air Temp (in c) 16° 16°
Water Temp (in c) 13° 12°
pH 7 6 7 GREAT
Phosphate 1 0 1 GOOD
Nitrate 5 5 2 BAD
Do N/A 4 (31% Sat) 4 (35% Sat) BAD
BOD N/A 0 3 OK
Coliform Bacteria N/A N/A POSITIVE BAD
Turbidity 0 JTU 0 JTU 0 JTU GREAT

 

HISTORY OF THE EAST INDIAN CREEN

    The East Indian Creek is located at 39.984997,-75.258467.  The stream takes a path from start to end. The path starts at The East Branch Indian Creek. The East Branch Indian Creek flows into Cobbs Creek. Cobbs Creek flows into the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge has an outlet that flows into the Delaware River. To end the path, the Delaware River flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

    The East Branch Indian Creek was home to Native Americans. Its surrounding tributaries and lands were used for fishing, hunting, transportation, and rudimentary agriculture. Around the time of WWI this portion of the creek was used for a mill.

 

by Kyle Brady ’23

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