The Santa Monica High School Heal the Bay Surfrider Club, in partnership with the West Los Angeles/Malibu Chapter, hosted a water quality testing workshop with over forty middle school students from John Adams and Lincoln middle schools on May 18, 2013. Samohi students guided the middle-schoolers in hands-on research, using the same scientific protocols they perform each week to test for potentially harmful Enterococcus fecal bacteria. Spending the morning at the beach, students filled out habitat assessment data sheets and collected ocean water samples from three sites in the Santa Monica Bay. Later in the lab, the high school students explained how to process their samples using IDEXX equipment and how to detect bacteria using UV light.
Students also watched short films on ocean pollution and the effects of urban run-off. Held as part of the Teach and Test Mentorship program, this event offered the older students an opportunity to share their dedication to and expertise of water quality testing and to raise awareness about health and environmental concerns affecting our oceans. It is great to see these high school students who conduct weekly water testing to take on the extended responsibility of sharing their knowledge and experience with younger students. Looks like fun was had all around!
Learn more about the BWTF water testing program conducted by the Heal the Bay Surfrider Club at Santa Monica High School here: http://www.surfrider.org/blue-water-task-force/localinfo/lab-15
The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF), presented by Emergen-C Blue®, helps local chapters alert citizens and officials in their communities about water quality issues and works to implement solutions. As clean water becomes an increasingly scarce resource, Emergen-C Blue is committed to supporting, enhancing, and extending the efforts of the BWTF by donating 20 cents for every box sold to further the important work being done to improve water quality. For more information about Emergen-C Blue and the Emergen-C Fund, please visit myemergenc.com/fund .