Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Santa Monica High School Year End Event: Presenting Water Quality Data

The West Los Angeles/ Malibu Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has teamed up with students from Santa Monica High School to raise awareness about water quality in the Santa Monica Bay. The students will hold a free “Teach & Test” event on June 11 to share the results of their yearlong study of the bay and discuss ways to clean up California’s beaches and shorelines.

The Teach & Test Program was established through grants from the West LA/Malibu chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and a number of public and private sponsors, including Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots organization. Aimed at inspiring change in the community and encouraging environmental awareness through hands-on laboratory experience, the program invited Santa Monica High School students to participate in a yearlong research project to study ocean water quality. The students collected water samples in the bay three times a day in order to measure the effect of urban runoff and pollution on water quality. Now at the end of their experiment, students will share their findings with peers and the public through presentations, special events and through global nonprofit networks like the Surfrider Foundation.

One of the most important aspects of any scientific study is communicating your results. Congrats to the West Los Angeles/ Malibu Chapter and the students at Santa Monica High School for hosting this community event.

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