ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB with Mrs. Parkinson and Mr. David (Yup, he comes back for it)
We will meet Thursdays each month. The activities will vary from meeting to meeting. Example of activities:
- Plant and maintain our rain garden
- Environmental advocacy for the school
- Labs with Chemistry Cares (UWM graduate student volunteers, this may be at JMAC or at UWM in the labs)
- Testing the Waters Program (This will be off site water quality testing and analysis, see Mrs. Parkinson for that permission slip and description of the program below)
Testing the Waters is . . .
“Testing the Waters”: Linking Students and Water through Technology (TTW) is an environmental education program that trains high school students in the Milwaukee River Watershed to become active decision makers. Through this program, students receive an education in river ecology and responsible citizenship.
During the Fall Training Workshop, student representatives from each school learn to collect water quality data and discover how land use practices influence the river. These teams teach their classmates back at school how to perform the nine water quality tests needed to monitor their site twice a year (fall & spring).
The TTW program was developed in 1989 through a partnership of nine public and private organizations: the Milwaukee Metro Sewerage District, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, UW- Extension, the Department of Natural Resources, the Milwaukee County Extension, and four nature centers: Schlitz Audubon, Wehr, Havenwoods and Riveredge. Educators and resource managers from these organizing agencies serve on the steering committee and provide technical support to the schools throughout the year. TTW is currently funded by MMSD.
Over the past 20 years, this program has trained over 30,000 students from 42 high schools in five counties within Southeastern Wisconsin. Participants have learned how land use in each community has affected the water quality of the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic rivers and their tributaries.