Today the boys and I filmed and edited our video which we will submit to the Environmental Quality Advisory Council for a meeting on January 21. Click here to see what we did today: http://youtu.be/Et9Aeydd3-s
We will make a 5 minute video with the help of some of our neighbors and friends, each boy will speak for 1 minute on each section.
Jonah will introduce himself and his concerns how the dredging of our lake will effect the ecosystem. he will ask for the county's help in monitoring the reptiles,salamanders and amphibians in the surrounding area that will be affected by the dredging (1 minute)
Gabriel: Will Introduce Woodglen Lake and it's purpose as part of the watershed (1 minute)
Woodglen Lake is part of the water shed, which drains into the Potomac River, which in turn drains into the Chesapeake Bay. Woodglen lake is a man made lake that collects the run off from our roofs, streets, lawns, parking lots, and many other places. However, the water that flows into the Woodglen Lake does not have enough time to soak into the ground on it's journey. Instead, all of the chemicals and garbage from the streets, lawns and roofs go into the lake along with the water. All of this pollution sits in the lake, and the lake in some ways acts like a filter. The sediment collects on the bottom of the lake. Over time, the sediment fills the bottom of the lake. Because of the sediment, our lake is now about half the size it was meant to be originally. Sometime in late winter or early spring, the lake will be dredged, removing the sediment from our lake.
Jonah: Will be talking about Stream Quality and our monitoring experiences (1minute)
We wanted to know if the stream was healthy before the dredging. We did a stream survey and found out the stream was rated very poor (unacceptable). The reason why the stream is so unhealthy is because runoff. Runoff is: oil,gasoline,trash,sand,salt,mud,leaves and chemicals. The reason why the runoff gets into the stream is because it doesn't have a chance to get filtered through the ground. It just runoffs the concrete and pavement down into the storm drains, and into the stream.
Sam: Will give us Solutions of things we can do at our own house to help: (1 minute)
Here are some things we came up with:
· Rain garden
· Clean ups at our lake
· Don’t put chemical fertilizers on the lawn
· Environmentally friendly soap
· At winter don’t use salt use sand instead
· Make a rain barrel
· Wash your car on the grass
The boys and I were able to join another group stream monitoring in Burke. Even though it was cold, we had a blast. We were overjoyed to have collected 535 macro invertebrates! We got to see first hand what a healthy stream looks like and are making plans to find ways to help our own stream so that one day we can post about how healthy it is.