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Irvington Students Spend A Day In The Hudson River

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – Irvington High School senior Kai Wilson was easy to spot wading waist-deep in the Hudson River Thursday with a long pole and a large net.

Wilson was one of 26 high school students in Joanna Morabito's marine biology class teaching sixth-graders for the 10th annual Day in the Life of the Hudson River.

“My job was to get sediment cores so kids could look at sediments that were in the water and check it out and know what the rocks are like and see what's in the water,” he said, adding that he also helped collect fish from the river.

More than 140 sixth-graders from Irvington Middle School came to the waterfront at Mathiessen Park on Thursday morning to learn about the Hudson River, collect data and test out hypotheses about river conditions, wildlife and sediments.

Irvington students were among the approximately 3,000 students state-wide who participated in the event coordinated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. The annual data collection began in 2003.

Students had been preparing for their trip to the river by coming up with 14 predictions about the river data they would collect, sixth-grade science teacher Philip Levine said. Students collected information about water temperatures, fish, tides, turbidity, sediment and more.

“Before coming down, they did a lot of work in class and made these predictions based on previous data,” Levine said.

High school students separated the sixth-graders into several groups to discuss specific aspects of the river. Groups took turns at stations, which included observing fish that had been caught and throwing an orange into the river to determine current speeds.

Irvington's sixth-graders loved Thursday's event, Wilson said.

“I've heard from a bunch of kids that came down to the water that they love the river, they love coming down here for school,” he said.

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