Puyallup Watershed Microplastics Study
A short summary of an excellent pilot program that introduced middle-school students from 6 different districts in the Puyallup watershed to field study methods and the problems of plastics in the environment. From Mount Rainier to Commencement Bay, important baseline studies were done by the kids who live there, and who stand to inherit it all someday.
2016: A Busy Summer (& Fall, & Winter)
The pilot program from the Ikkatsu Project and the Foss Waterway Seaport wrapped up this June. It was a hands-on effort working with middle school science students to document freshwater plastics in the Puyallup River Watershed. The students came from six different districts and survey sites ranged from the upper reaches of the Carbon River to the brine of Commencement Bay. Preliminary results have been posted on the Data page and follow-up sampling is being scheduled for several locations.
With the Washington segments of the Roadless Coast Redux already underway, the focus in the coming months will be on specific survey beaches (new and old), and finishing this year's reports. Of course, this is also the time of year when thoughts naturally turn to the next big trip, the next chance to play out in nature. There are a few short outings on the calendar, but nothing major in the pipeline for the rest of the year. Except for the Coastal Cleanup, a Straits crossing, a visit to Destruction Island, maybe even some international adventures...
And, because I'm always up for a trip to Wisconsin during football season, the Ikkatsu Project is going to this year's North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE) in Madison, this October. I'll be helping to lead a workshop on collective impact in EE, taking some of the lessons learned here and putting them out to a wide, new audience.