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Sweet Water Elementary School

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Sweet Water Elementary School in Marengo County is a Creek Kids School

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Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Biologist Moss explained how water and pollutants can move through watershed with this model.
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Students saw how rain can carry mud and fertilizer into our water.
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Cocoa powder was used for mud, Kool-Aid for fertilizer, and a squirt bottle for rain.
 
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Many students experience the bubbling springs for the first time.
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
While wading in the bubbling springs students learned about groundwater.
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Later Mr. Jackson took students on a train ride through Tannehill's watershed
 
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
While listening to the sounds of the creek we were lucky enough to see a largemouth bass hunting minnows!
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Many types of fish were seen in the water including different types of bream, also known as sunfish.
 
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Biologist Maurice Jackson tells students how the dam changed the habitat for Tannehill's fish and other wildlife.
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Searching for invertebrates can be fun!
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Mr. Jackson sorted through our specimens and determined that we found an exotic mussel now common in Alabama, the Asiatic Clam.
 
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Aquatic snails were among the creatures we found.
 
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Unfortunately we were not able use the seine because of an unexpected flood. Remember, silt or mud is one of the main water pollutants.
 
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Mr. Jackson used this opportunity to demonstrate how actions outside the park can impact us.
 
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
We saw another exotic species living in Alabama, the island apple snail.
Sweet Water Elementary School becomes a Creek Kids School
Sweet Water Elementary had a great time during the Creek Kids program!

Thanks for the great fun!
Mrs. Brenda Morrison
Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division
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