BGMS students paint drains to educate residents of protecting storm water waste PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:46
Bowling Green Middle School seventh-grade science students on Team Apollo partnered with Bowling Green City officials to help educate and inform community members on the importance of protecting storm waste water.
Students painted storm drains in the Village and the "bird" streets on the west side of town to help warn citizens that these drains travel unfiltered to Portage River and eventually Lake Erie.   
In the fall the seventh-graders visited the Portage River and completed their Earth's Waters unit. They learned about the possible pathways contaminants can enter the freshwater system and their impact on the environment. Now, this spring as part of the Wood County Ecosystems unit the students revisited the idea of non-point pollution in the community.
Hydrology and earth's biogeochemical cycles are a major focus in Ohio' Science Content Standards for seventh graders, and partnering Jason Sisco and the city seemed like a natural fit.
"The City of Bowling Green is very excited about the opportunity to partner with Bowling Green Schools on this storm drain stenciling project," said Sisco, with the city. "The 'No Dumping, Drains To River' message helps to alert residents to a potential non-point source of pollution and it helps reinforce surface water lessons that the students learn in the classroom. The students did a great job stenciling curb drains and the city hopes to partner with BG Schools on future projects."
Seventh-grade teacher Paula Williams said, " Often citizens think the storm drains lead to the waste water treatment facility for the city, and will dispose of paint, chemicals, motor oil, or other toxins. We are hoping that clarifying the path will eliminate this threat to the aquatic ecosystem. Students typically choose to protect, preserve, and promote nature, so they make great stewards of the environment."

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