West Seattle Blog… | Explorer West Middle School students present water-saving proposals at Seattle Parks


As Earth Day approaches, the spotlight on environmental consciousness is lighting up, and today we have a report on how students from Explorer West High School (sponsor WSB) is working with Seattle Parks to make a difference by saving water and money. The report and the photo are from the school:

The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department works to examine the park’s water use and implement ways to conserve and recover water. Seattle has the highest water and sewage tariffs in the country.

Students at Explorer West Middle School in Seattle were invited to share their ideas on water conservation and harvesting with the Seattle Parks Department. Four teams of eighth grade students researched solutions and brainstormed ways to be more aware of Seattle Park‘s water use.

Three Seattle Parks executive staff attended the presentations at the school. Following this meeting, the teams were invited to present their findings and ideas to the Seattle Parks Department Board of Commissioners on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. Parks Department Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams will also be in attendance.

One student noted, “The average Seattle citizen uses fifty gallons of water a day. Water is a finite resource that we must preserve. There are simple ways to conserve water, but these plans have to start somewhere.

Students wrote comprehensive research essays and collaborated on their live presentations. Their innovative ideas ranged from irrigation management to water; low-flush, composting toilets; rainwater tanks; sustainable wading pools and spray parks instead of swimming pools; and creative ways to reinvent the use of water on golf courses.

“The students volunteered for the opportunity to impart inventive approaches to water consumption and conservation,” said Tim Owens, professor of social studies at Explorer West. “It was a stimulating conversation.”

Using these suggestions, the Seattle parks system could conserve our precious water. Hopefully in the future these proposals will benefit our park system and help end our ongoing global water crisis.

“I was impressed by the students’ passion for the subject,” said Joelle Hammerstad, head of sustainable operations at Seattle Parks. “The presentations were well documented and engaging. They even introduced us to new products we didn’t know about, which prompted us to do some of our own follow-up research.


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