The Salish Sea School is studying the types and amounts of contaminants flowing out of local outfalls on (or near) Fidalgo Island, Washington.
We are testing for:
Heavy Metals (Copper, Zinc, and Lead)
Diesel and Heavy Oils in Water
Total Suspended Solids (TSSS)
The Anacortes Ferry terminal outfall we are testing can be seen circled in red, below. The other outfalls we are testing (in partnership with Friends of Skagit Beaches) are seen designated by the yellow arrows in the second image.
Two students (Aracely Cortes-Garcia and Alan Santiago) are helping to record rain amounts seen here and contaminant data seen here. Stay tuned for a more detailed list of our findings - coming FALL 2022!
These same students also helped to create the outreach brochure seen below. This will be passed out to students/families at local high schools and in their communities. This brochure will inform families how they can help reduce the contaminants entering stormwater at their homes. Good work Alan and Aracely!
This project is funded through a Public Participation Grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. The content was reviewed for grant consistency but is not necessarily endorsed by the agency.
What is stormwater?
Water following a rain or snow storm that does not sink into the ground.
What pollutants are found in stormwater?
A few of the pollutants that are found in stormwater include:
Nitrogen and phosphorus
A recent study done by the University of Washington discovered a very toxic chemical (6-PPD) found in tires. Learn more here: Where the rubber meets the road
Learn more about stormwater mangement below:
Swale on Yale info: