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Kent Innovation High

Summary
Our main goal was to have students understand how effective management practices allow for a healthy water system. For our project, the students visited several downtown locations in order to see real examples of how development impacts our watershed, with a focus on impacts from stormwater runoff. Learning about incorporating green spaces and renewable energy in urban areas was the focus of our field trip.

Students began by learning about watersheds and assessed how Kent ISD’s campus is effectively employing best practices as it relates to stormwater management. Students looked at sewersheds and areas where water is retained/detained by evaluating the topography. Furthermore, students experimented with how impervious surfaces contribute to thermal pollution and its impact on Lamberton Creek. “Heat Islands” also were a focus of student learning. Students created presentations on green infrastructure to summarize their learning.

Fostering Lifelong Stewardship
Since our project ended, our students get excited anytime they see green infrastructure in place in their community and excitedly report back to us about it. One student even created a simple app on his own time that informs people about the effects of stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces on local watersheds.

Number of Students
70

Number of Teachers
2

Partners
Grand Valley Metropolitan Council / Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds
City of Grand Rapids Environmental Services Department

Funders
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Tags
stormwater, runoff, NPS pollution, thermal pollution

Summary
Kent Innovation introduced the idea of a watershed and our place in it and let students choose how to attack the negative influences on our watershed. Students developed a 5k run for the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds to raise community awareness, created a natural outdoor learning space, and evaluated stormwater runoff on the Kent Intermediate School District’s campus. They learned how to organize their work and contact community partners to enhance their products.

Showcase Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US6qhqeZg-8

Number of Students
120

Number of Teachers
4

Partners
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Grand Valley Metro Council / Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds

Funders
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Tags
stormwater, runoff, NPS pollution, community awareness, outdoor classroom

District
Kent ISD

School Website
http://www.kentinnovationhigh.org/theschool/

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