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Nisqually River Foundation
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Project Title:
Water Quality and Action with Nisqually Students II
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2022
Water Resources/Watershed Protection ; Environmental Education
South Puget Sound
Lewis County ; Pierce County ; Thurston County
Project Description:

This project will involve 1,000+ students from schools in the Nisqually Watershed in hands-on water quality monitoring of their local streams, a Student GREEN Congress to share their results and recommendations for water pollution solutions, and a field investigation on Puget Sound beaches. Students and teachers will receive training, supplies, and field trip support from the Nisqually River Education Project to test their local watershed streams for 8 parameters affecting salmon health. Training will include opportunities to learn from local scientists and cultural experts. Students will participate in fall and winter monitoring and compare their data with 29 years of past student data to draw conclusions and make recommendations to improve their local water quality. A select group of 250 students will present their findings at the spring Student GREEN Congress, a student-led water quality conference, and work with peers to create action plans to improve water quality in their communities. 500 students will participate in nearshore field investigations to Puget Sound beaches to conduct inquiry-based studies of marine water quality and aquatic life. By collecting real-world data through outdoor field experiences and making connections to the important role of water quality in human and environmental health, students will gain experience as citizen scientists and as stewards of their waters and environment.