A few weeks ago, the Fellows went to TNACI for the second time. We were told about how the water quality was tested for the sturgeon. The reintroduction biologists need to test the water for the temperature, the amount of oxygen, hydrogen (pH) and ammonia.
They also test for the amount of nitrate and salinity in the water. During our time there, we tested the temperature, pH, and ammonia. We got to get our hands wet and help test the water with the instruments. A very important part of this process is keeping the instruments clean while testing the different tanks. If they are not properly cleaned, then the results could be inaccurate. We also helped the biologists keep track of the results of the temperature and amount of nitrate and salinity. We all learned a lot about what sturgeon need to survive and that was only their water!