Head Teacher Tom Fahsbender took 8th grade students to Walker Brook in Washington to conduct a river study as part of the 8th grade community service commitment. Students took samples of and identified bottom-dwelling macroinvertebrates. Their results will be sent to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. This program, called “Rapid Bioassessment in Wadeable Streams and Rivers by Volunteer Monitors” (RBV for short), is a citizen-based water quality monitoring program established to help keep track of the state’s 5,400 miles of rivers and streams. Our school has been involved with this since 2007, and the data we gather has helped the state to keep track of river health and quality. For more information on the program, visit the DEP’s RBV website.