This past summer, MBS senior Brigid Atkins ’21 began an internship with the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee, a local nonprofit environmental organization. As part of her work, she is collecting data for a water quality study, and is also developing a promotional calendar to highlight the watershed and raise funds for the organization.
The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee (WRWAC) is dedicated to safeguarding and improving the ecological health and sustainability of the watershed, which is a source of drinking water for more than 1 million people.
Working with another intern, Brigid has been visiting various spots throughout the watershed to test the acidity, salinity, and dissolved oxygen levels in the water. Using this data, she hopes to help find a suitable environment for the threatened Eastern Lampmussel to live.
“Brigid’s work with the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee is a direct extension of the work she did in the MBS environmental science class as a junior,” said Upper School Science teacher Brad Turner, who helped coordinate the internship.
This fall, Brigid looks forward to continuing her internship, and Mr. Turner is hoping to expand the partnership between MBS and the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee.
“We are envisioning a multi-faceted partnership that could involve our environmental science classes, the Green Team club, Senior Projects, and hopefully the Middle School 6th Grade geography and science programs,” said Mr. Turner. “The Whippany River is only a short walk away from our campus in the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. It would be a great way to help each other and increase the community’s awareness of the Whippany River.”