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Pal-Mac students lead Erie Canal water study with UB

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High school students from Palmyra-Macedon’s Applied Living Environment class partnered with the University at Buffalo for a significant water study project on the Erie Canal.


Mrs. Schneggenburger and Mrs. Frisiras’s class spent the year collecting water samples from Aqueduct Park in Palmyra, focusing on the Erie Canal-Ganargua Creek confluence. Using advanced technology provided by UB Professor Dr. Sandra Small, the students sequenced the DNA of bacteria found in the water.

Credit: Pal-Mac CSD

The data revealed potential human pathogens and the presence of Serratia marcescens, a bacteria linked to hospital infections. This information will be combined with findings from other schools to help assess the health of Western New York waterways.