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Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:41 am, Tue May 10, 2011.

Lodi’s Storm Drain Detectives will present their annual review of the Mokelumne River water quality on Thursday evening.

The group of student scientists from Lodi schools have tested and tracked the water since August. The program is in its 11th year, and has helped residents understand that water run-off drains untreated water into the river and Woodbridge Irrigation Canal, said Kathy Grant, watershed education coordinator, in a news release.

The presentation will include guest speakers from the city of Lodi’s engineering staff and Dr. Loren Oki, a University of California, Davis researcher, who will discuss the effects of urban runoff.

Lodi High School students from Melissa Turner’s honor biology class will discuss the what the students test for once a month at five different sites along the river. Tokay High School teacher Sandi Starr’s marine biology students will discuss the temperature and dissolved oxygen in the water and the possible affect on fish.

Lodi Academy and Jim Elliot Christian High School also collected data.

The presentation will start at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lodi Public Library’s Community Room, 201 W. Locust, Lodi.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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