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Megan Ploughe, left, and Amber Bucanek hold a net in the cold, rushing water of the East Verde River to collect micro invertebrate specimens.

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Nature’s classroom

Students explore environmental health at river, Fossil Springs

Recently Payson High School ecology and biology students packed onto a school bus and traveled to different points along the Verde River to measure pH levels of water, velocity and depth, and to look for organisms. The preponderance of delicate organisms can mean water has stayed healthy a long time, according to biology teacher Joe Schmidt.

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