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City High Middle School

Summary
Students learned about common stormwater runoff pollutants impacting the Lower Grand River Watershed. Stormwater basins in the Creston Heights neighborhood were cleaned and labeled with placards informing the public NOT to dump as the final discharge point is the Grand River. Students also planted a buffer zone along the Grand River within Riverside Park. The buffer zone will decrease pollution from runoff – the park hosts a large population of geese and is frequented by dog walkers.

Fostering Lifelong Stewardship
As students become part of the movement to better their community, they inspire one another, hold each other accountable and open their eyes to what can be, not just what is. Initiatives like Groundswell help foster a commitment to the community and the environment.

Number of Students
90

Number of Teachers
4

Partners
Wild Type Native Plant Nursery
City of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation
Tender Lawn Care

Funders
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality / U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Tags
stormwater, runoff, floodplain, native vegetation, public education

Summary
Students called all necessary officials and then created signage to educate the public about water quality issues in an attempt to lessen the pollution of the Grand River. In addition to these measures, students learned about buffer zones and common runoff pollutants around the Grand River. Students collected and identified soil types and other vegetation in the floodplain in order to identify appropriate plants for improving water quality. Native grasses will be planted in the area to act as filters/impediments to deter the flow of run off to the river way.

Showcase Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxdgjcFkMDM

Number of Students
120

Number of Teachers
4

Partners
City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation
Wildtype Plants

Funders
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Tags
public education, buffer zones, stormwater, runoff, NPS pollution, soil, native vegetation

District
Grand Rapids Public Schools

School Website
http://www.grps.org/city