Monthly Update – October 2023

Students work with their teacher on testing the dissolved oxygen present in the water at their water quality test site!

It is officially Water Quality Monitoring season which means it has been an exciting and busy month here at South Sound GREEN! Our weeks have been filled with teacher coordination and chemical preparation as well as field trips! We have been working out in the field with students from North Thurston elementary schools on their Watershed Explorers Field Days and have been meeting students in their classrooms to help prepare them for teacher-led water quality field days. From Boston Harbor to Rainier, hundreds of Thurston County students across the South Sound GREEN watershed region have been out testing rivers, lakes, and streams this month to see just how healthy our south sound water systems are. Students test the pH, turbidity, nitrates, dissolved oxygen, and temperature present at their site with the intention of determining how healthy the water is for salmon. Discussions of how to improve water quality take place at the site and in the classroom which encourage student-led action projects to help raise awareness of certain water quality concerns. 

This month Teens in Thurston (TnT) volunteers participated in Orca Recovery Day with Thurston Conservation District and the City of Olympia at Squaxin Park. High school students worked with community members to pull invasive ivy and plant native trees and shrubs along Mission Creek within the park. If you, or someone you know, is a high school student interested in outdoor volunteer work, please contact Sam Nadell at snadell@thurstoncd.com for more information!