A group of dedicated students gave up their lunch period last Wednesday to go out and collect water samples at two Santa Monica beaches. The West LA-Malibu Chapter has been supporting Blue Water Task Force water quality testing programs at both the Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades High Schools for the last eight years, and testing just started back up for this school year this past week. The students have been monitoring four Santa Monica beaches, including: Will Rogers State Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Lifeguard Tower 26 and the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain. View their results on the BWTF website.
This program has been a great way to engage students in local water quality issues and to give them hands-on experience in water quality monitoring techniques and environmental reporting. Check out this great video, produced by Green Observers a few years back on the great work that the WLA Surfrider Chapter and the students at Santa Monica High School are accomplishing.