It’s part of a project launched with help from a Herbert W. Hoover Foundation grant. Students working with expert researchers in biology, chemistry and related sciences are helping to show what condition the water is in at various sites around Stark County.
The project, formally named “Making the Invisible Visible: Water Quality in Stark County,” will explain what’s happening to the community. Part of the effort includes student-produced media to tell the story of the county’s water.
In what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind collaboration, the students hail from Stark State College; Mount Union, Malone and Walsh universities, and Kent State University at Stark. Their work began with training in May, and joined in a June 5 kickoff of the actual sampling with a breakfast event at Kent State University at Stark.
The researchers involved, also coming from the five colleges and universities, are working with community, government and nonprofit experts on the area’s watersheds to make recommendations based on what’s found in the samples.