“This is the third year LMLPA water monitors have demonstrated the water testing methods to every fifth-grader at Williams,” said Isabella Trussell, co-chair of the LMLPA water quality committee.
“Three years ago, I realized the need to get the students involved in the community and in protecting the environment,” said Denise Reynolds, one of the fifth-grade science teachers at Williams Intermediate School.
Reynolds, with fellow fifth-grade science teachers Greg Gilley and Sanda Haynes, coordinated with the LMLPA. LMLPA water monitors Rodney Martin, Dick Franke, Phil Gilliland, Linda Ruethemann and Charles and Janet Alexander demonstrated two water tests, one for dissolved oxygen levels in the water and the other test for total hardness of the water including calcium, magnesium and limestone in Logan Martin Lake.
“We incorporate environmental science into the curriculum,” Reynolds said. “These students are future citizens, all in one area. This is the age where they start thinking outside of themselves, transitioning from thinking about their own world to a larger picture.”
Reynolds said she hopes this is the beginning of a lot of good things, including developing the natural wetlands on school property and establishing an outdoor classroom.
LMLPA president Mike Riley also spoke to each classroom, giving a general overview of what the LMLPA is and its current projects, such as the upcoming annual lake cleanup.
“We gave each student a litter bag, and encouraged them to give it to their parents for their car or boat,” he said. “If you put trash out on the road, the watershed will carry that trash to the lake.”
Riley said it is important to give students knowledge about the LMLPA and why it is important to have an association to protect the lake.
“This is when kids formulate their interests,” he said. “We give them knowledge and they might want to participate when they are a little older. It goes hand-in-hand.”
Riley said all students, as well as the community, are invited to participate in the annual lake cleanup which begins Saturday.
Individuals wishing to participate in the cleanup during the entire week should go to a convenient collection site between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday. LMLPA representatives will sign up volunteers, and issue bags, t-shirts, and latex gloves. Between March 24-31, volunteers should return full Renew Our Rivers bags to the collection site and place them in the specially marked dumpster.
Bags must be returned to the collection site because lake trash is not allowed in city or county garbage containers. Individuals should only use the LMLPA issued bags. The dumpsters will be placed at the pickup locations Tuesday, March 27.
Individuals wishing to volunteer only on March 31 should go to a convenient collection site between 8-9 a.m. LMLPA representatives will issue the t-shirts, bags, and latex gloves. After working the morning hours, volunteers are invited to a free cleanup celebration picnic from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 31 at Lakeside Landing.
There are five collection sites this year. Individuals with questions regarding the sites may call:
• Lakeside Landing- call Linda Ruethemann at 205-525-1268 or Charles Alexander at 205-913-6623.
• Clear Creek Marina- call Justin Hogeland at 205-516-4595.
• Poor House Branch Marina- call Ron Vaughan at 256-268-9156 or 256-761-5355.
• Battle’s Riverside Marina- call Cliff Early at 205-338-4095 or 205-706-5141.
• Lincoln residents should also use Riverside Marina – call Larry Davis at 205-763-0353 or 205-441-4173.
• Woods Surfside Marina- call Mike Riley at 205-525-5309 or 205-531-2372.
For more information or to volunteer call Bud Kitchin at 256-239-0242 or visit www.LMLPA.org.
For more information about the “Renew Our Rivers” Boy and Girl Scout patch and cleanup locations, visit www.alabamapower.com/lakes/renewourrivers.asp.
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