Protect Water - SDM
In the spring of 2011 Karen Fuss, Coordinator of Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium, offer to partner with Ocean Bay Middle School's Science Cub and start a "Storm Drain Marking" project. Karen's assistant presented a hands on Enviroscape to the children and the effects of pollutants on our watersheds. The students then went out and marked all the storm drains on our school campus and collected data on condition of drains and runoff in the drains. The following spring we went into the neighborhood adjacent to our school and marked the drains in the neighborhood Belle Grove. This spring we will be canvasing the neighborhood with door hangers and will attempt part of the other neighborhood behind our school, The Farm.
May2011–Two Coastal Carolina University interns gave hands-on presentation using the Enviroscape watershed model to Science Club to discuss polluted stormwater sources
May 2011–Interns also helped students place 16 stormdrain markers on the Ocean Bay Middle campus and in their parking lot
Fall 2011–Green Steps Mentor, Karen Fuss, works with Horry County Stormwater to determine best locations for Science Club to mark drains in nearby neighborhoods
Winter 2012– Coastal Carolina University intern gives Power Point presentation about polluted stormwater and uses Enviroscape model with Science Club
Winter 2012–Science Club creates outreach materials (e.g. door hangers or brochures) to distribute in selected neighborhood where marking will take place
Winter/Spring 2012–Intern works with Club to mark drains in neighborhood close to Ocean Bay Middle; students also collect observational data on data sheets about each drain
Spring 2012–Intern and Science Club return to marked drains and collect data; students compare and analyze data
Spring 2014-Intern and Science Club return to marked drains and collect data; students compare and analyze data
What students will do and how
Students will learn about local stormwater issues, the effects of different land uses on polluted runoff, and solutions to these problems during the Power Point presentation and using the hands-on Enviroscape model. The Science Club will research and develop outreach materials, such as door hangers, to distribute during the marking event. On the marking day, students will glue plastic markers near the storm drains with the message “No Dumping, Drains to Ocean”. The students will also use data sheets to collect observational data (e.g. is there debris, or an odor present) at each marking site. This data will then be uploaded into a data base and shared with the Horry County Stormwater Department. Several months later, the Science Club will revisit the neighborhood and collect data which they will compare and analyze. One of the questions that the students will seek to answer –“Is there less debris in drain now that it has a marker than before the marker was placed at the drain?
What students will teach others
Students will research information on polluted stormwater and ways that people can reduce their effects on this type of pollution. They will then create outreach materials, such as door hangers to place on doors in the neighborhood, informing the residents of the marking project. This hanger or brochure will also teach the specific community about ways to decrease polluted runoff."