In the Fall of 2015 our ROTC members cleaned up garbage along the access road to our campus. They performed this work as part of their volunteer commitment and is one of many such pickups that they perform every year.
Students next to Campus Parking Lot
Final Results of Litter Cleanup
2 - Storm Drain Painting
In the Fall of 2015, students from an Honors Environmental Science class were finally given permission to paint storm drains around campus. Over a period of three days the students chose the drains to be painted, had a brief orientation as to the process, and then painted away. The purpose of these signs are to educate the public that whatever goes down storm drains is not filtered and does not go to a treatment plant.
Hard at Work?
How Many People does it Take...
3 - Plankton and Nutrient Studies
Students from AP and Honors Environmental Science classes travel to the Morgan St. PEARL facility and collect phytoplankton samples from Mackall Cove. They bring the water back to the lab and identify different species found. They also perform an oyster filtering lab as well as go out on a research boat to perform water tests, collect oysters and collect size data, and discuss the nutrient issue. While back at school, the students continue to collect water samples, ID plankton, and discuss results with the PEARL scientists. They also perform nutrient limitation studies to determine what the limiting factor is in the water at different times of the year. This is an ongoing collaboration with PEARL.
Oyster Collection and Sizing
4 - The Great Snow Fence Removal - Pollution Pickup
During the past three school years our Environmental Science students and our Cross Country squads have been removing an orange construction fence that outlined the border of a construction project that failed to materialize in our school forest. It is estimated we removed almost 2 miles of this abandoned fence, some of which bordered our school stream, which runs into Hunting Creek, a major tributary to the Patuxent River. Below are just a few photos of our students removing a small portion of this fence. Every time our classes performed outdoor labs in the forest, a section of the fence was removed and disposed of. Our Cross Country squads performed the work during their pre-season cross country trail maintenance days.