HANNIBAL (WGEM) — Tri-State students got a look at how their actions impact water treatment costs for communities along the Mississippi on Friday
The Hannibal Board of Public Works helped Hannibal High School science students measure the water quality of the Bear Creek watershed area.
“We have a bottle or a cylinder that’s clear and we picked up the water and then we looked down into the water and we saw how visible the water was with a meter at the bottom,” freshman Noah Young said.
HBPW officials said while they’re learning about the science, they’re also learning about how to protect water quality in Hannibal.
“We just want everyone to make that connection between our everyday habits and how it can affect water quality,” stormwater coordinator Andrea Campbell said.
She said everything from basic littering to lawn treatments can have negative effects on water quality.
“Even vehicles that aren’t maintained,” she said. “Even though we don’t see that on the street, whenever it rains, the water will pick up those pollutants and carry it through the watershed,” Campbell said.
She said it’s important because water treatment can be costly.
She said that’s why the Board of Public Works tries to educate people like Hannibal High School freshman Katelynn Minor on how they can influence water quality.
“I didn’t realize that some of the things like that big of a difference in the water quality,” Minor said. “I didn’t think salt that you put on roads when it snows would affect the watershed.”
HBPW officials said the water quality looked good in Friday’s tests.
They said they test the water along Bear Creek several times a year to get an idea on what pollutants are added to the Mississippi River.