They're a new group called the Hoosic RiverKeepers from Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School in Adams, part of environmental science teacher Melissa Herliczek's class.
This year, she
created the new project, which involves students in an ongoing field study of the Hoosic River.
wanted students to collect and study insects in the water to determine pollutants.
said the effects of Hurricane Irene has given the project a news spin.
"Many of the invertebrates perished.
We're now looking to see how long it will take for them to return to the stream," Herliczek
On Friday, she
and nine of her
students, all juniors, each put on a pair of waders, and got to work at their fourth and final study site.
Herliczek, their teacher, said that over the next few weeks, the students will organize their data and analyze their water samples and found animal life.
They'll use new technology such as ProScope microscopes and imaging software to complete their tasks.
The final phase will be to interpret the results, which she
class will present to the school and the community.
"So far, it's been a really exciting adventure," said Herliczek