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Scenic Land students help solve campus stormwater issues

Fifth-graders at Scenic Land School are helping to identify campus stormwater issues through an ongoing project with Signal Mountain-based Tennessee Student Environmental Alliance which will last throughout the school year.

“It’s all hands-on activity based,” said TenneSEA director Mary Beth Sutton of Project Wet. “Our mission is to empower kids and the community to take better care of the water.”

Funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the project involves interactive classes held at Scenic Land as well as Thrasher Elementary at least once per quarter, said Sutton. The project focuses on nonpoint source pollution, or stormwater which carries pollutants over or through the ground into lakes, streams and rivers.

“We’ll be looking at the campus, taking pictures and drafting notes to help identify erosion and other environmental problems,” she said.

At Scenic Land, she said one issue is water contaminated with pollutants such as sediment and motor oil flowing from the parking lot into Mountain Creek.

The TDA grant also provides funding to fix the problems the students uncover, said Sutton.

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