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Pinewood Middle School

Summary
For this project, Pinewood focused their efforts with the Buck Creek watershed. The park day consisted of multiple stations to handle the large number of students. These stations would include: water quality testing for NPS pollution, macro sampling/ID to evaluate water quality at multiple sites, litter cleanup to prevent debris/pollution from entering Buck Creek, art/reflection activities on addressing NPS pollution and erosion in the park, invasive species removal, and a nature walk.

Students visually compared the stretch of Buck Creek where it flows through the golf course (where the turf grass is mowed up to the edge of the creek and there is erosion) with a tributary to the creek that flows through a wooded area of the park. They also compared the water quality of these areas. They explored and reflected on what is causing the differences, what impacts there might be on aquatic life, and what can be done to improve the golf course portion of the creek.

Fostering Lifelong Stewardship
After this project of data collecting, cleaning, and reflecting; I hope students think twice about their local waters. With the efforts of trying to plant the seed of stewardship, I students realize that they can play a major role with their environment and that what they do (positively/negatively) matters.

Number of Students
140

Number of Teachers
5

Partners
West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)
Kentwood Parks Department
Kent County Parks Department

Funders
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Tags
stormwater, runoff, NPS pollution, native vegetation, aquatic macroinvertebrates, water testing, community engagement

Summary
Pinewood Middle School’s 7th grade class continued their efforts with the rain garden. Pinewood made contact with Plaster Creek Stewards. We collaborated with them on enhancing our rain garden. Another goal was to continue its up keep (mulch, signs, weeding, etc.). Having this rain garden on the grounds will help filter the runoff from the surrounding parking lot.

Showcase Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBPG13ifltk

Number of Students
190

Number of Teachers
2

Partners
Grand Valley Metro Council / Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds
Calvin College – Plaster Creek Stewards

Funders
Baldwin Foundation

Tags
stormwater, runoff, NPS pollution, rain garden

District
Kentwood Public Schools

School Website
http://www.kentwoodps.org/ourschools/pinewoodmiddleschool/

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