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Thursday, August 28, 2008

DNC Delegate Invert Schooling

With the DNC convention descending on Denver, had a Delegate Service Day where many delegates do something to give back to the Denver community. Some lucky delegates got the opportunity to learn about water quality and were trained in some invert identification by kids from the Cole Arts and Science Academy and the FrontRange Earth Force.

“They’ll be doing water quality testing,” Earth Force’s professional development head Tasha Mitchell said while waiting for delegates to arrive. “They are looking for the levels of phosphates in the water” to help indicate toxins.

Delegates were also trained in “macro invertebrate identification” — spotting species of insects and Platte River-dwellers that indicate high or low tolerance of pollutants. Seeing crayfish, for example, means the waters are very clean.

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