What started as a science field project for Del City
High School students turned into a major creek cleanup effort that so
impressed our judges they said it deserved national attention. After
the students conducted a scientifically measured stream quality survey
on Crutcho Creek adjacent to the school, the "poor" grade it received
spurred them into action.
They studied floodplain maps and studied nonpoint sources of
pollution. Then they worked throughout the summer to develop a work
plan, collect supplies and secure funding. Finally, a week was set
aside in September for cleaning a two-mile stretch of the creek, and
186 volunteers contributed hundreds of difficult hours.
The results? In just one year, the creek's rating has jumped
from "poor" to "good" and the diversity of organisms has increased. For
turning a school science class study into a project with impressive
benefits for the students and the whole community, Del City High School
is good news for the waterways of Oklahoma.
Posted on 05/01/2003
by Sonny Wilkinson filed under