Goodwin and CTRA Students Work Together to Improve Health of CT River
The Connecticut River Academy and Goodwin College are located along the banks of the Connecticut River. The river gives the magnet school and College a strong identity and instills a sense of responsibility in the community to maintain its health.
CTRA freshmen are enrolled in a class focused on the Connecticut River Watershed where they learn about the region and partake in a stream sampling lab on the river as part of an interactive learning experience.
Bruce Morton, Goodwin’s Environmental Science Program Director, and Goodwin students join them to provide insight. Together, students measure the flow rate, determine pH levels, monitor bacteria in the river, analyze the impact of rain and runoff, and perform other chemical analysis.
Michele Saulis, CTRA Environmental Studies Theme Coach, noted, “Bruce has such a strong knowledge of the Connecticut River Watershed area. Our students are able to learn from him and observe college students passionate about making a difference in the community.”
Recently, Goodwin students volunteered in a cleanup effort where they uncovered tires, a snow blower, shopping carts, and other debris polluting the river.
CTRA students celebrated National Green Day of Service where presentations were given by many of the key players involved in designing and building CTRA, which has many green features such as controlled lighting, paperless hand dryers, a rain water reclamation system, and flooring made from sustainable recycled materials.
Students are encouraged to think about how individual actions as well as society’s actions impact the health of the environment and begin to develop and demonstrate standards for awareness, both personal and global.
In celebrating the river, students are building a connection to the environment and taking responsibility.
Taking it one step further, CTRA and Goodwin have announced the arrival of a research vessel which will allow students access to the river and more in-depth studies. The vessel will dock at CTRA at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, November 10.