Laura James had a lot to say about how important it is to keep our storm drains pollutant-free. One new piece of information we learned today was what the #1 pollutant is. Can you guess what it is? Oil? Pesticides? Litter? Well, it's dog poop! She said that after the summer and when we get our first big storms in the fall there is something called "the big flush." There is a surge of drain water that hits the sound and it coincides when many baby seals and porpoises are born and when their at their weakest state. Recently there was a harbor porpoise that washed up on the Alki shores that had a lung infection. She believes it was the contamination of the dog poop in the water that killed it. She asked us to help pick up dog poop and throw it away if we come across any!
I will also be available to help students before school on Wednesday and Thursday this week.